US calls for South Sudan arms embargo after failed truce
Thursday January 25 2018
South Sudan President Salva Kiir. The United States on January 24, 2018 called for an international arms embargo to be imposed on South Sudan following the failure of the latest ceasefire aimed at ending the four-year war. PHOTO | AFP
US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the Security Council that President Salva Kiir's government was "increasingly proving itself to be an unfit partner" in efforts to restore peace and urged African leaders to hold it accountable.
Haley said the ban on weaponry would "actually help the people of South Sudan — to slow the violence, slow the flow of arms and ammunitions and protect innocent lives."
South Sudan descended into war in December 2013 when Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup.