JUBA, JUNE 1, 2023 (Thejubamirror. News. ) – South Sudan government on Wednesday decried the decision by the United Nations to extend its arms embargo against the country, saying it ignores progress made in implementation of the revitalized peace agreement.
The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday morning extended – for another year – the arms embargo on South Sudan with protests from the world’s newest nation and abstentions from Russia, China, and the council’s three African nations sympathetic to its demands that sanctions be lifted.
In a statement, South Sudan’s ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation said that the decision for the extension does not consider what it calls a progress in the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement signed in 2018.
“The UNSC Resolution of May 30th, 2023, renewing sanctions and the arms embargo on the country, is deplorable,” the statement said.
“It has not taken into account the significant strides that the Government has made in implementing the Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) as well as developmental progress in the country,” it added.
The statement said that the United States, who drafted the resolution, is “is oblivious to the suffering of the people of South Sudan.”
It added that sanctions “do not only affect the targeted segments but also trade, commerce, and the economy, in addition to the very peace and security that the proponents of the resolution are purportedly trying to maintain.”