UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called for an immediate arms embargo against South Sudan in response to the recent outbreak of heavy fighting that has left hundreds dead.
Ban also appealed to the UN Security Council for a targeted sanctions against South Sudanese leaders and commanders blocking implementation of the 2015 agreement to end civil war in the youngest African nation.
He noted that the UN mission in the country should be strengthened with attack helicopters.
Let me start by expressing my deep condolences to the families and loved ones of all those who have been killed in the fighting that has consumed Juba over the past four days.
The UN boss also condemned the killing of two Chinese peacekeepers during the fight between South Sudan’s rival army groups in the capital, Juba.
“Let me start by expressing my deep condolences to the families and loved ones of all those who have been killed in the fighting that has consumed Juba over the past four days,” he said.
He urged leaders in the country to do all they can to bring an end to the dispute.
“The renewed fighting is outrageous. It is yet another grievous setback. It deepens the country’s suffering. It makes a mockery of commitments to peace. Many people have been killed in heavy fighting, he added.
According to South Sudan Health Ministry, at least 271 people were killed on Friday’s clash.
President Salva Kiir had on Monday at Juba ordered a ceasefire between his government troops and forces loyal to Vice president Riek Machar.