Title: US presents UN draft resolution on imposing sanctions in South Sudan
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 02-25-2015, 05:55 PM
05:55 PM Feb, 25 2015
SudaneseOnline News-Khartoum Sudan
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United States presented on Tuesday a UN draft resolution on imposing sanctions in South Sudan, where warring factions have repeatedly failed to abide by agreements to end 14 months of war.
The measure was submitted to the Security Council a day after Ethiopia opened a new round of negotiations between the warring sides that were billed as a final opportunity to reach a sustainable peace deal.
Under the resolution, the Security Council could impose targeted sanctions such as a global travel ban and an assets freeze on individuals who are deemed a threat to the stability of South Sudan.
The draft raised the possibility of imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan, a measure strongly backed by European countries despite concerns that the ban could penalize President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s forces more than the rebel fighters of Riek Machar.
"The political leaders have repeatedly failed to put their narrow political and economic agendas aside in order to find political solutions that could bring a measure of stability," a US official said.
"In light of that, our goal is to work with our partners to move forward with a sanctions resolution that will lay the groundwork for imposing costs on those who continue to fail to work toward a solution," said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous told the 15-member Security Council that prospects for a breakthrough were dim.
"The likelihood that either side could soften its stance remains low," Ladsous said.
Tens of thousands of people have died in the 14-month conflict, 1.5 million have been displaced and 2.5 million are in dire need of food aid in South Sudan, which declared independence from Sudan in 2011.
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