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UN Security Council extends arms embargo on South Sudan

May 30, 2021 (NEW YORK) - The Security Council on Friday renewed the arms embargo, travel ban and assets freeze imposed on South Sudan for another year, extending till July 1, 2022 the mandate of the panel of experts tasked with helping to oversee those measures.

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A UN Security Council session on New York (UN photo)

Resolution 2577, which saw 13 votes in favour, none against and two absentees, also prohibited the supply, sale or transfer of weapons, as well as the provision of technical assistance, training and other military assistance to the young nation’s territory.

The resolution expresses the Security Council’s willingness to consider adjusting targeted sanctions, including modifying, suspending, lifting or strengthening measures to respond to the situation.

Meanwhile, the Council members requested the South Sudan authorities to report on progress achieved on those benchmarks, as well as additional reforms, to the Committee overseeing the country’s sanctions by no later than 15 April 2022.

They also requested the Secretary-General, in close consultation with the UN Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) and the panel of experts assisting the sanctions committee, to conduct an assessment of progress achieved on the key benchmarks by mid-April next year.

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