Sanctions unlikely

UN – The US threatened on Tuesday to take further action against the South Sudan Government if it does not end violence and allow UN peacekeepers to do their job, but UN sanctions are unlikely as Russia has warned against such a move.

A month after US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley visited South Sudan and met with President Salva Kiir in the capital Juba, she told the UN Security Council: “Words are no longer sufficient.”

“The US is prepared to pursue additional measures against the government — or any party, for that matter — if they do not act to end the violence and ease the suffering in South Sudan,” said Mrs Haley, who was the most senior member of President Donald Trump’s administration to visit South Sudan.

The Trump administration imposed sanctions in September on two senior South Sudanese officials and the former army chief for their role in the civil war and attacks against civilians.

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