US diplomat blames continuation of war on UN security council’s unwillingness to see peace in South Sudan
September 1st 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – A top US diplomat on Friday blamed the United Nations Security Council for failing to see the conflict in South Sudan brought to an end as the Council always faces failures in reaching consensus between it’s members.
Rodney M. Hunter, United States foreign service officer, made the remarks during an open debate convened by the United Nations Security Council on the importance of involving women in governance.
“While meditation is critical, even the world’s greatest mediators cannot compel anyone to do anything and the missing ingredient is often the Council’s own unwillingness to see peace processes succeed,” he said.
Hunter added that the United States support the imposition of concrete consequences as a counter respond for intransigence by South Sudan parties which always leads to failures of negotiations.
“In that context, the United States supports the imposition of real consequences when parties to conflicts are not willing to negotiate” he added.
He pointed out that the department of the US-proposed arms embargo which eventually came into force on June this year had let to the continuation of war yet to another level saying the United States has been pushing for similar measures against peace violators in South Sudan.
“In South Sudan, the Council waited years amid a bloody conflict before imposing sanctions and an arms embargo just last month. The United States repeatedly pushed for those measures, but it was continually told to wait for negotiations to finish” Hunter added.