UN diplomats arrive in South Sudan, threaten arms embargo

2016-09-03 08:44
The UN in South Sudan (File, AP).

The UN in South Sudan (File, AP).

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Juba — The UN Security Council has arrived in South Sudan to threaten an arms embargo and sanctions if the government rejects a plan to bring in another 4 000 peacekeepers.

The rare visit focuses on the council's decision to deploy the peacekeepers with a strengthened mandate to protect civilians after reports of rapes and attacks by government troops.

South Sudan is wary of giving the UN more authority and has called the plan a new colonialism.

US Ambassador Samantha Power delivered a stern message on arrival, noting recent obstructions of UN work.

A South Sudanese official cut short the opening press conference.

The diplomats are expected to meet with President Salva Kiir and urge both sides to adhere to a fragile 2015 peace deal meant to end the country's civil war.

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