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UN Security Council imposes arms embargo on South Sudan

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The approved a resolution on Friday to impose an on

The measure, drafted by the US, was approved in a tight vote, as it was supported by nine countries, which is the minimum required by the 15-member body, reported.

African countries warned that the and other restrictions that were approved could be counterproductive, as progress has been made in negotiations to end the conflict in

said that the resolution would harm the South Sudanese population, which the measure is meant to protect.

Despite their concerns, and abstained, as did and China, who decided not to use their veto power.

to the UN, Nikki Haley, insisted that the resolution was necessary to end the violence.

has been calling for the establishment of an on for several years, although it had not managed to obtain the necessary votes in the

Earlier this week, the South Sudan accepted a proposal by Uganda's Yoweri Museveni to share power with the opposition.

The agreement would allow the of the armed opposition, Riek Machar, to regain the position of vice

The conflict in South Sudan between the army, loyal to Kiir, and Machar's rebels erupted in December 2013.

The two sides reached a peace agreement in in 2015, leading to the formation of a unity government, although violence resumed in 2016.

Despite a cease fire put in place last December, the and the rebels have accused each other of restarting hostilities.



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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 02:14 IST