South Sudan’s unity government has called the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) recent extension of the arms embargo and sanctions unproductive.
< p>The Security Council voted to extend the sanctions amid unrest in the country.
In a press statement shared with The EastAfrican on Friday, South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign and International Affairs said Cooperation with The Security Council should have followed the position of the African Union.
“The people of Africa have made it clear through African Union Resolution 815 of February 2022 that sanctions and arms embargoes are unproductive. That some countries would oppose the African Union’s stance on the matter shows old hubris of no value to a war-torn world, including Africa and Europe,” the ministry said. strong>Renewed arms embargo and sanctions threaten peace accord, says Juba
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However, the coalition government applauded China, India, Russia, Gabon and Kenya for not voting in favor of sanctions on Juba. The five countries abstained. The resolution drafted by the United States to extend the ban until May 2023 was passed by a vote of 10 out of 15.
“These countries understand that the United Nations’ vision of world peace requires that sovereign nations respect a others at eye level. They stand in solidarity with the people of South Sudan, for whom these sanctions are a cruel policy with no clear intention,” the Foreign Ministry added.
The government claims that unilateralism and coercion no longer serve the interests of any nation in a multipolar world and stressed that it will continue the reconciliation of the South Sudanese under the 2018 peace agreement.
“South Sudan will continue to advance the reconciliation through the peace agreement, knowing that other countries are also experiencing violent Experiencing political discord requires tolerance, accommodation and healing.
“Just as sanctions against these countries would be counterproductive, they are also counterproductive for South Sudan. Instead, we invite friendly nations to support our efforts to stabilize the country, including the sovereign right to defend our territorial integrity,” the government concluded.
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The embargo was imposed in 2018 after a peace deal ended five years of bloody civil war between factions loyal to President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar .
< p>The last time the embargo was extended a year ago, the authorities in South Sudan were given a list of political and security-related conditions for the restrictions to be lifted or relaxed.
According to a gun policy report The estimated total number of firearms (both legal and illegal) owned by civilians in South Sudan was 1.2 million in 2017 and 3 million in 2013 in. South Sudan’s Defense Forces are said to have 351,500 firearms.