UN Security Council vote on imposing arms embargo on South Sudan fails

The United Nations Security Council vote on whether to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan has failed to go through.

Diplomats had anticipate that the U.S.-led measure will fail, despite warnings by the UN Secretary-General that the new country is on the verge of possible genocide. The United States, backed by Britain and France, has argued that cutting off the arms flow is urgently needed to minimize the impact of any atrocities in the war-torn country.

Russia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Venezuela and, more importantly, the three African council members – Angola, Egypt and Senegal – had all expressed serious reservations on the said embargo.