UN threatens to blacklist peace spoilers in S. Sudan, warns arms’ suppliers

Vice-President Taban Deng Gai | Courtesy Photo

Geneva—On Friday, the United Nations Security Council threatened to blacklist anyone deemed as peace spoilers in South Sudan and warned all member states against supplying illegal firearms to South Sudan.

“Extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) until 15 March 2022, the Security Council demanded today that all parties to the conflict in that country and other armed actors immediately stop fighting and engage in political dialogue, in accordance with the peace agreement signed in 2018,” said the UNSC in its resolutions dated March 12, 2021.

“The Council expressed its intention to consider all appropriate measures against those whose actions undermine peace, stability and security, and demanded that all Member States comply with their obligations to prevent the supply, sale or transfer of arms and related materiel, as set out in previous resolutions.”

The UN Security Council called on donor countries to intensify humanitarian aid to South Sudan.

The UN encouraged firm engagement by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the African Union Peace and Security Council, and countries in the region to find a durable solution to South Sudan’s peace and security challenges, while calling upon the international community to scale up its humanitarian response.

While extending the mandate of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, the Council members called on all actors to respect human rights in the country.

“Today’s resolution goes on to demand that all parties to the conflict immediately cease all forms of violence, human rights violations and abuses, and violations of international humanitarian law, including rape and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence, and to hold those responsible to account. It also demands that all parties and other armed actors prevent further acts of sexual violence.”