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Published: Wed, December 21, 2016
World | By Tasha Manning

UN Chief recommends arms embargo on South Sudan

UN Chief recommends arms embargo on South Sudan

"The Security Council must take steps to stem the flow of arms to South Sudan", he told the council on Monday. Tens of thousands have been killed in the war and over three million were forced from homes. The pair signed a shaky peace deal past year but fighting has continued.

"Reports suggest that President Salva Kiir and his loyalists are contemplating a new military offensive in the coming days against the [Machar-allied opposition troops]", Ban said.

"As a politician who have interest to serve my people, I have chose to leave the fake TGONU (Transitional government of national unity) for unwillingness to implement the resolution on the agreement of the conflict in the republic of south Sudan and incitement of hate speeches by the president and many senior government officials in politics and in the army", the resignation reads in part.

Noting that the UN's special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, has described genocide as a process, Ban said: "I am afraid that process is about to begin unless immediate action is taken".

Dieng told the council last month that he had seen "all the signs that ethnic hatred and targeting of civilians could evolve into genocide", and the head of a United Nations human rights commission said the country was on the brink of an all-out ethnic civil war.

"There is no greater urgency than to prevent this from happening", O'Brien said.

He said the humanitarian crisis had "deteriorated dramatically" in the past four years, asking the council "how many more clues" were needed to take a "preventative action?" "Large-scale attacks could start at any moment". USA ambassador Samantha Power said there will be a vote on the sanctions resolution by the end of the year and council members will have to make a decision "on the issues of life and death that have been raised by the secretary-general".

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U.S. representative, Samantha Power, said some violations included the rape of women while infants were used as sticks to beat those women.

Russia's deputy United Nations ambassador, Petr Iliichev, also questioned the warnings of a risk of genocide, blaming criminal groups and "undisciplined" troops for the violence.

"We would refrain from concluding that there is any form of targeted systemic policy", Iliichev told the council.

South Sudan's United Nations ambassador, Akuei Bona Malwal, rejected the descriptions of the status que in his country as exaggerated that did not "reflect the reality on the ground". The UN's descriptions, he said, did not "reflect the reality on the ground".

"There have been no attempts on the part of South Sudanese to turn against one another".

The new mandate will increase number of its troops from the existing 13,500 to 17,000 including the 4,000 regional intervention forces.

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