Juba, South Sudan
Sept 3, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— Persuading the government officials to accept deployment of a regional protection force, the co-chair of the UNSC mission to South Sudan, Ambassador Samantha Powers of the United States, warns the officials that those who obstruct deployment of a Protection Force are those who carry out killing of civilians, looting, rapes and ethically-based unprovoked attacks on unarmed populations which constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.
While briefing a council representing the Transitional Government of National Unity, Powers said the UNSC expect South Sudan as the newest member of the United Nations to cooperate and show commitment to protection of human rights.
“We expect the government of South Sudan as the newest member-state to the United Nations to want to end the culture of impunity, to want to end killings and sexual assaults and ethnically-based attacks and political attacks,” she said
Asked of what would be “Plan B” if Kiir’s government continue to insist that they won’t allow even a single soldier to enter South Sudan, Powers said the Plan B is more of a last resort but its consequences would be catastrophic to the politicians, people and the country.
“So, we are here as the Council to not get to ‘plan B’. It would be a great disappointment not merely for the UN Security Council, but for the people of this country who count on the government.” Powers continued.
The 15 diplomats will meet President Salva Kiir, Civil Society groups, women and IDPs in Juba before proceeding to Wau of Western Bhar el Ghazal state.
The visit of the UNSC diplomats is expected to determine if the Security Council should impose arms embargo, sanctions and other punitive actions on individuals or the country.