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Angola now backs UN proposal for arms embargo on S. Sudan

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February 27, 2016 (JUBA) – Angola, a country that opposed last year’s calls for a United Nations arms embargo on South Sudan, is now urging the UN Security Council to implement the move.

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Arms and light weapons have been used by both warring parties in South Sudan to commit abuses (Photo courtesy of SSANSA)

The southern African nation’s shift in position comes in the wake of a recent outbreak of violence at a UN protection of civilians base in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state capital, Malakal, where more than a dozen civilians were killed in violent tribal clashes.

"The situation evolves and you have to evolve with the situation. Now what is necessary to do is an arms embargo," Angola’s ambassador to the world body, Ismael Abraao Martins was quoted saying on Friday.

He added, "We have proposed [an embargo]. I hope everybody goes with it."

Angola, an elected member of the UN Security Council, had earlier argued that South the Sudanese warring factions be allocated more time to implement the peace deal.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced followed the mid-December 2013 outbreak of fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his ex-vice president Riek Machar.

A recent report by a UN panel of experts accuses both Kiir and Machar of controlling forces that are responsible for the killing of innocent civilians.

About 200,000 people, the UN says, sheltering at its various protection sites in South Sudan and over 2.3 million people have been displaced.

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki moon announced Thursday an allocation of $21 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for the people of South Sudan. The fund, he said, will provide protection and relief to people, mostly in need.

South Sudan’s Humanitarian Response Plan is reportedly only 3% funded, yet over $1.3 billion is needed to address needs of over 5 million people for this year alone

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  • 28 February 2016 08:09, by Khent

    Angola is irrelevant. We need to coordinate more closely with countries that actually matter — Russia and China. The Russians previously expressed opposition to an arms embargo, so nobody should really care about the political stances of any country in this pathetic continent.

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  • 28 February 2016 11:40, by Eastern

    Arms embargoes against Kiirr’s government won’t work. Kiir’s government foresaw this coming. He went ahead and established military cooperation with Museveni’s UPDF. This means Kiir’s government would continue to acquire arms through the country’s southern neighbor. SPLA-io does not need to arm itself with equipment bought directly from Russia or China. There are so many "agents" in the region....

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  • 28 February 2016 11:46, by Eastern

    ....who are looking buyers of arms - one reason for the large number of small arms in wrong hands. We will soon guns firing depleted uranium (DU) rounds in the hands of illiterate folks. Come to think of this: who is in charge of the stretch running down from south of Libya through Dar Fur region to South Sudan’s Raga county? Deadly arms could still move down from Eritea to South Sudan.

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    • 28 February 2016 13:54, by Khent

      Eastern

      I agree with virtually everything that you’ve outlined except for the part about DU rounds; no country in Africa has access to DU rounds, and with the exception of the United States, Russia, China, Britain and Israel — no other country (to my knowledge) makes use of these weapons.

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  • 28 February 2016 13:16, by Bentiu Sudan

    The so called UN Security Council failed miserably to condemn Kiir for killing over 30,000 civilians in December 2013 in Juba, failed to condemn Kiir for massacring civilians in Western Equatoria, failed to condemn kiir for using cluster bomb that was ban in 1944 and failed to hold kiir accountable for war crimes. The UN Security Council is so bias and will never bring peace in South Sudan.

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    • 28 February 2016 15:02, by Khent

      Bentiu Sudan

      Why do you guys insist on pushing these ridiculous casualty figures without providing an ounce of evidence? Not only were cluster bombs not universally banned in 1944, they have NEVER been universally banned. Stop making things up and stop setting totally arbitrary dates. This isn’t like your pathetic Ngundeng religion — where all you do is lie.

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