UN / SOUTH SUDAN SANCTIONS

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The United Nations Security Council narrowly passed a resolution today which renewed the South Sudan sanctions regime and imposed an arms embargo on the country until May 2019. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 13 JULY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, UNHQ exterior

13 JULY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Security Council
3. Med shot, Council President putting draft to vote
4. Pan left, Council members voting in favour
5. Med shot, South Sudanese ambassador
6. Pan right, Council members abstaining
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“South Sudan’s people have endured unimaginable suffering and unspeakable atrocities. Their leaders have failed them. They are desperate to get the most basic food, medicine, and shelter. But above all, they just want the violence to stop.”
8. Wide shot, Security Council
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nikki Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations:
“The arms embargo is a measure to protect civilians and help stop the violence. For negotiations to work, we must end the cycle of broken promises to stick to a ceasefire. Peace in South Sudan will not come by letting the parties get their hands on more weapons. The opposite is true. Supporting an arms embargo will show the parties that we are fed up with the delays and the stalling. It will show our resolve to make life better for the people of South Sudan.”
10. Wide shot, Security Council
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United Nations:
“While in no way opposed to punitive measures, it is the view of the AU (African Union) and IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) that now is not the appropriate time for taking such measures. The IGAD Council of Ministers have made it clear that pursuing such a course of action at this stage is not helpful at all. This is a matter of judgement taking into account the complexities of the situation.”
12. Wide shot, Security Council
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Akuei Bona Malwal, Permanent Representative of South Sudan to the United Nations:
“My delegation really considers this resolution not an issue between the Security Council and South Sudan. This is now an issue between the Council and IGAD, the African Union, and the continent. Because, we keep hearing in this Council from time to time: ‘A slap in the face.’ If there is a slap in the face, I think this resolution is a slap in the face of those organizations who are trying to bring peace in South Sudan in Khartoum as we speak.”
14. Wide shot, Security Council

STORYLINE:

The United Nations Security Council narrowly passed a resolution today (13 Jul) which renewed the South Sudan sanctions regime and imposed an arms embargo on the country until May 2019.

The resolution received nine votes in favour with six Council members abstaining, Bolivia, China, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Russia. Important matters such as sanctions require nine votes in favour to be adpoted, granted that no Permanent Member vetoes a draft.

US ambassador Nikki Haley said the people of South Sudan have endured “unimaginable suffering and unspeakable atrocities; their leaders have failed them; they are desperate to get the most basic food, medicine, and shelter, but above all, they just want the violence to stop.” She said the goal of the resolution is to end the flow of weapons to armed groups being used to terrorize people in the country.

Haley said the United States supported the peace process in South Sudan and wanted nothing more than to see the dialogue work out. However, she stressed that for negotiations to work, “we must end the cycle of broken promises to stick to a ceasefire; peace in South Sudan will not come by letting the parties get their hands on more weapons.” Haley added, that supporting an arms embargo would show the parties that the Security Council was “fed up with the delays and the stalling” and would show it resolve to make life better for the people of South Sudan.

Ethiopian ambassador Tekeda Alemu said the South Sudanese peace process was at a critical juncture adding that the High-Level Revitalization Forum had made substantial progress. He added that there were reports from Khartoum that the parties are closer than ever before to an agreement on governance issues and added that the region and the continent as a whole are asking the Council for patience in dealing with the South Sudanese file.

SOUNDBITE (English) Tekeda Alemu, Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United Nations:
“While in no way opposed to punitive measures, it is the view of the AU (African Union) and IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development) that now is not the appropriate time for taking such measures. The IGAD Council of Ministers have made it clear that pursuing such a course of action at this stage is not helpful at all. This is a matter of judgement taking into account the complexities of the situation.”

South Sudanese ambassador Akuei Bona Malwal thanked Council members who abstained from voting on the resolution. He said the resolution would turn the balance at the negotiation table adding that the opposition might that it to mean that the Council was on its side and as such not see a reason to continue negotiating.

Malwal said the resolution was a “a slap in the face” for IGAD and the AU which are currently working in Khartoum to bring peace to South Sudan. He said his country would remain committed to seeking peace despite this resolution and hope that there would be positive news coming from Khartoum in the coming days.
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