U.S. bans export of defence products and services to South Sudan

U.S. bans export of defence products and services to South Sudan

But patience from South Sudan's foreign allies has worn out after countless failed efforts to bring peace to a country, now in its fifth year of a war where targeted ethnic killings, gang rapes and other atrocities have occurred.

In South Sudan's capital Juba, Kiir's spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny declined to comment.

"The human cost of the South Sudan conflict has reached epic proportions". "Stopping the suffering and violence that have wracked South Sudan and have injured and killed so many people there".

An anticipated 3.1 million South Sudanese will be refugees by the end of 2018 in six neighbouring countries.

The Trump administration is imposing a United States arms embargo on war-torn South Sudan, urging the UN and other countries to do the same, AP said. We encourage IGAD and the African Union to consider sanctions measures against those who undermine the peace process. "We will continue to take actions against those who foment violence and obstruct the peace process", the statement added.

A US -led resolution to impose additional sanctions and an arms embargo on South Sudan failed at the U.N. Security Council in December 2016. Humanitarian partners in South Sudan need US$1.7 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to six million people across the country. "And so this Council is at a crossroads", Haley told the council last Wednesday.

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Sutphin, who will be at the talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, says he hopes the arms restriction will send a clear message to the warring parties, who have repeatedly violated cease-fire agreements since conflict erupted in December 2013.

"The message must be clear - the United States, the region, and the worldwide community will not stand idly by as innocent South Sudanese civilians are murdered".

The conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives since then, slashed oil production and driven about a third of the population of 12 million from their homes.

Independent UN experts have reported to the UN Security Council that South Sudan's government has spent millions of dollars on weapons as the country slid into starvation and an economic crisis.

South Sudan is the worlds youngest country, and has been supported by the USA since it's inception in 2011.

Last year, the United Nations experts said: "Weapons continue to flow into South Sudan from diverse sources, often with the coordination of neighboring countries".