- Britain and the United States during the UM Security Council meeting pushed for more sanctions be imposed on South Sudan’s government after President Salva Kiir failed to sign the peace deal.
- President Kiir sought an additional 15 day before he could sign the deal but initialed as a sign of commitment while the rebel leader Riek Machar signed the deal that aims to end a nearly two-year civil war.
- China however said that the South Sudan government should be allowed more time as they requested to come on board
The 15-member United Nations Security on Tuesday August 18th had a meeting that discussed the recent failure of the South Sudanese government to sign the peace deal after the given deadline passed.
President Salva Kiir initialed on the peace agreement that mainly stipulates the power sharing percentages among all the stakeholders. Kiir asked for an additional 15 days after which he would present his final decision.
The US National Security Advisor Susan Rice and British Deputy Ambassador Peter Wilson accused Salva Kiir of failure in leadership and both recommended that firm and stern actions to that effect. They further accused Kiir of being insensitive to the huge number of people killed as he ‘squandered’ another opportunity for peace.
The UN Security Council is exploring into more sanction, travel bans, asset freezes and arms embargos on South Sudan as a war to motivate the co-operation to end the standoff and brutal conflict in the country.
Despite most members of the Security Council being inclined towards firm measures on South Sudan China which has vested interest in the oil industry in the East African country said that Salva Kiir be given more time to review and get on board with the peace accord.
More than 70% of the world’s youngest nation general populace face food shortage and starvation while hundreds of thousands are either internally displaced or refugees in the neighboring countries.
The Security Council is expected to meet next week to deliberate on the way forward on matter South Sudan.