US ‘Open to Lifting’ South Sudan Arms Embargo

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US ‘Open to Lifting’ South Sudan Arms Embargo

The US is willing to consider lifting an arms embargo and targeted sanctions against Sudan Sudan if a number of conditions are met, its outgoing ambassador Thomas Hushek has said.

The conditions include a “reduction in level of violence and corruption” in the system.

The UN Security Council renewed the arms embargo in May for a period of one year to stop the flow of weapons to armed groups.

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The US government also imposed its own sanctions against some South Sudanese senior government officials, including former first Vice-President Taban Deng Gai.

“This year when we adopted a resolution at the UN Security Council, we put new language in the resolution that talks about establishing benchmarks, establishing peace-building that will eventually lead to the lifting of arms embargo,” Ambassador Hushek told the BBC in the capital, Juba.

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“So there is a plan that will be developed about how to remove that particular state of sanctions.

“We offered a plan to remove those sanctions, this involved [the government] taking steps on financial transparency reforms and we will discuss that plan with government officials here.”

Source: BBC

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