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UN Chief recommends arms embargo on South Sudan

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<p>United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, fearing a “trajectory towards mass atrocities” if it fails.</p> <p>“The Security Council must take steps to stem the flow of arms to South Sudan, as well as send a clear warning that hate speech, incitement and violence must end, and that there will be accountability for mass atrocities and other crimes,” UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon said.</p> <p>Ban insists that the arms embargo should be effective as soon as possible.</p> <p>“If we fail to act, South Sudan will be on a trajectory towards mass atrocities. Its people will be the target of those atrocities while they pin their hopes on the international community in general and the Security Council.” he said.</p> <p>The United States has been struggling to secure the minimum number of votes needed for the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan. A resolution needs nine votes in favour and no vetoes before it can be adopted.</p> <p>U.N. peacekeepers have been deployed in South Sudan since 2011. There are some 13,000 U.N. troops and police on the ground.</p>
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