African Countries at UN Security Council Back UN Sanctions on South Sudan as Vote Begins on Draft Resolution
August 20, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) – African countries with seats at the UN Security Council have reportedly backed international calls to place UN sanctions on South Sudan if a peace agreement is not reached soon as voting on a sanctions draft resolution is reportedly about to begin at the UN Headquarters.
The United States have already placed a draft at the Security Council and members are due to vote on the draft which would authorize widespread sanctions on South Sudanese parties who fail to comply with the IGAD mediated South Sudan Peace Agreement signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday this week.
According to sources at the Security Council, a draft resolutions on arms embargo has been submitted by the US after closed doors meeting with senior UN officials at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The proposed sanctions would include a worldwide Travel ban and Asset freeze on senior officials including leaders of any parties that rejects the peace and resorts to war. It would also include a global Arms embargo over South Sudan.
African Countries are said to have grown frustrations by the lack of will by the South Sudanese leaders to accept peace agreement and also due to lack of commitment to respect several ceasefire agreements.
These African nations are believed to have thrown their weight behind the UN resolution.
The African countries are said to be backing any further actions to place sanctions on those seen to be obstacles to peace and inciting war in South Sudan.
“We had the Deputy Secretary General set out the situation, how much progress had been made, … the government has not signed the agreement. The Americans have circulated a resolution. Experts are meeting to look at that resolution now,” UK Deputy Permanent Representative Peter Wilson told reporters at the UN Headquarters.
According to the draft resolution submitted by the US and distributed on Wednesday, the sanctions will become effective automatically as of September 1, if South Sudanese President Salva Kiir refuses to sign a peace agreement with the rebels and a ceasefire regime fails to come into force.
However South Sudan’s Foreign Minister Benjamin Marial said any sanctions will not achieve peace but only create more problems.
“We need to remove obstacles obstructing peace not create new ones,” Benjamin Marial said