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Civil society welcomes renewal of UN arms embargo


A civil society activist has welcomed the renewal of the UN arms embargo on South Sudan, saying it sends a message to the leaders that armed violence will not be tolerated by the world’s body.

On Friday last week, the UNSC renewed by one year the arms embargo and targeted sanctions imposed on South Sudan.

“As an activist, we welcomed the renewal and it sends a signal to politicians that arms are not the best way of resolving political differences,” said Edmund Yakani, executive director of CEPO.

UN arms embargoes are a type of sanctions used to pressure states and non-governmental actors to improve their behavior in the interests of international peace and security.

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The Security Council first slapped an arms embargo on South Sudan in 2018 and subsequently renewed it in 2019 to prevent a continuation of the country’s civil war.

The arms embargo empowers all UN Member States to prevent arms and related equipment of all types – including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and any spare parts – from entering South Sudan.

The Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Progress Organization commended the Council for renewing the sanctions.

Edmund Yakani stated that the absence of major armed conflicts that the country has experienced since the signing of the revitalized peace deal in 2018 needs to be sustained.

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He added that the renewal should encourage leaders to always embrace dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts.

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