August 19, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Draft resolution calls for further sanctions after President Kiir seeks more time before signing peace deal with rebels
The US is proposing that the UN Security Council impose an arms embargo on South Sudan after its leader surprised rebels and observers by refusing to sign a peace deal.
The US circulated a draft resolution to council members on Wednesday evening, and diplomats said they expected a vote very soon.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir declined on Monday to sign a peace deal proposed by regional leaders, saying he required more time.
“Imminent, I think that was the word,” Gerard van Bohemen, the New Zealand ambassador, said on Wednesday at the UN headquarters in New York.
“It’s quite a technical resolution, so I think it will take quite a bit of work to get everyone on the same page.”
The draft also proposes further sanctions, but diplomats did not say who might be targeted.
A senior US diplomat would not reveal when the Security Council would vote but said that in order for the body to be influential, it was important to act very soon.
The draft resolution was circulated shortly after Kiir told John Kerry, the US secretary of state, in a phone call that he would sign the agreement after “a couple of more days of consultation”.
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