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African Union renews call for arms embargo on South Sudan

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May 23, 2015 (KAMPALA) - The African Union has supported calls for an arms embargo on South Sudan as fighting resumed between its warring parties, in violation of the cessations of hostilities agreement.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) on guard in Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s Unity state on 12 January 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

The AU commission, at the meeting held in Namibia, had briefed its Peace and Security Council on the developments and situation in South Sudan.

The Council expressed its concern over the deteriorating situation in South Sudan, including the escalation of hostilities and the grave humanitarian situation of civilians affected by the ongoing conflict.

The continental body criticised the warring parties for abandoning dialogue and resorting to war as a way to end their impasse.

The Council further noted that the people of South Sudan have already been devastated by war, and that the current escalation threatens to unleash irreversible consequences on the young nation.

“[The] council strongly condemned the resumption of hostilities in South Sudan and the untold suffering inflicted on the civilian population, in total disregard of International Humanitarian Law,” the AU said in a statement.

It further expressed deep disappointment over the failure of the leaders of the belligerent parties in South Sudan to rise above personal and factional political interests and put the national interest and well-being of their people first.

The council has stressed that these actions are wholly contrary to the expressed will of the AU, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, UN and the international community as a whole.

“In this regard, [the] council called for urgent steps by the sanctions committee, established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015), to designate individuals and entities subject to the measures provided for therein. Council requested the UN Security Council to urgently consider the immediate imposition of an arms embargo on the belligerents,” its statement further read.

Meanwhile, the council reiterated its commitment to extend full support to the IGAD mediation efforts in South Sudan, notably through the early operationalisation of the AU High-Level ad hoc Committee, established by the Peace and Security Council in December 2014, and other related measures.

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  • 24 May 2015 08:49, by Eastern

    South Sudan will circumvent the arm embargo since there is an existing military cooperation between South Sudan and Uganda that allows the latter to buy arms on behalf of the former. Museveni had foreseen the arm embargo!

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    • 24 May 2015 09:26, by Mi diit

      Museveni thinks that South Sudan is one of his states in Uganda and Nyankiir is one of his governors. Uganda should be sanctioned as well so that they don’t buy weapons for Kiir and even shamefully still take charge of security in Juba (including its airport) and in Bor town and bomb rebels in greater Upper Nile region.

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      • 24 May 2015 16:54, by Force 1

        Midit;
        Those who kick your butt in Upper Nile region were they Uganda troops? You people are so dumb and there is no doubt now that; you will all be finished before you even realizing it! There is no doubt now that who the dominant force is in South Sudan!

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    • 24 May 2015 09:40, by Rommel

      The proposed arms embargo requires the approval of all veto-wielding Security Council members. These Security Council members are *all* against an arms embargo that is ill-conceived, sure to be ineffective and destined for failure. Security Council members understand that such an embargo would bridle and devastate only one of the belligerents.

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  • 24 May 2015 13:54, by Hardlinner

    How would arms embargo works on rebel side. First security Council need to identify and santion the countries that support rebels before carrying on with arm embargo.

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  • 24 May 2015 14:38, by Ambago

    One wonders as to what this so-called African Union thinks of the negative positions adopted not very long by the Heads of African States in the Great Lakes Region conference that was held in Luanda, Angola this very month of May 2015.
    AU needs to confront this DEvil called Museveni instated of issuing meaningless communiques all the time.

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    • 24 May 2015 16:42, by Panda Odhie

      Rebels supported countries should be first identify, and sancta. they are just wasting time to clean their money given to them for sitting of the day. Nothing they would do at all

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