South Sudan rival sides expanding arms stockpiles – UN report

2015-11-05 12:05
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New York - A United Nations panel of experts says both sides in South Sudan's conflict are expanding their weapons stockpiles and violating a peace deal.

But the UN Security Council is not moving forward with the arms embargo and sanctions it has repeatedly threatened for such actions.

A monthly panel of experts report dated Monday and obtained by The Associated Press says both sides in South Sudan are "persistently failing to implement a permanent ceasefire" and maintain security arrangements meant to help set up a transitional government.

But the current Security Council president emerged from a South Sudan briefing on Wednesday to tell reporters that council members have a "range of views" on taking punitive action.

A Russian diplomat told reporters that actions such as an arms embargo would not help the peace process.

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