UN gives Sudan, the South 2 days to stop

2012-05-02 18:12

New York - The UN Security Council on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution giving Sudan and South Sudan 48 hours to halt hostilities or face potential sanctions

With Russia and China joining the growing calls for a halt to the growing border conflict, the 15-member council gave strong backing to African Union efforts to halt violence and get peace negotiations started.

Russia and China had opposed talk of sanctions during negotiations on the resolution.

The US-drafted resolution calls on the neighbours, which separated last year, to "immediately cease all hostilities" and withdraw troops to their own territory. It says they must give a written commitment within 48 hours to the African Union and the Security Council.

The council ordered the two sides to start peace talks within two weeks under the auspices of African Union mediators.

The resolution threatens "additional measures" under Article 41 of the UN Charter - which allows for non-military sanctions - if either side fails.

US ambassador Susan Rice said Sudan and South Sudan have a long record of "promises made and promises broken".

Sudan and South Sudan separated in July last year and tensions have quickly risen since then - with no border agreed nor an accord on how to share revenue from oil reserves which straddle the two sides.

  • lenny001 - 2012-05-02 18:53

    Finally, the UN has spoken and something will definately happen, unlike the AU who has spoken ages ago but nothing is happening because they are still waiting for an African solution while people are dying. Thank you UN...

      Barefoot - 2012-05-02 20:45

      Who has been mediating in a conflict that started before i was even born i.e Palestine and Israel?

  • johnwilliam.roberts - 2012-05-02 18:55

    let them carry on killing there own people they are doing what they know best! destroy a country and then ask the west for aid and food and money to rebuild and then blame it on the whites eish its their fault !!

      Koketso - 2012-05-02 19:38

      stupid idiot you know that South Sudan and Sudan are two separate Sudan is arab and South Sudan is black. Go take ur persermism to Australia or your beloved west, stupid troll

  • Andrew - 2012-05-02 19:13

    Typical of another African country. Nothing ever changes!!!! Get the AU involved and we might have a solution next century. Just typical of Africa's incompetance. It never changes. Just blame the colonial powers and then come with you begging bowls for aid and help.

  • Barefoot - 2012-05-02 20:41

    You all love criticizing so much anything led by black people, take a look around the world- what is happening in Syria? Palestine and Israel? Chechnya? Afghanistan? Iran? North Korea? Columbia? Dissident Irish republic campaign against the UK? Cambodia vs Thailand border conflic? All of these are currently happening around you but you got the ***ls to say African Union is not doing anything? what about the very UN being led by the US and can't act unless Russia and China says so?

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-05-02 22:00

      Well there, you kinda hit the nail on the head, they can't act because of Russia and China. So what does that tell you?

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