Saturday February 25, 2017

Museveni strongly opposes arms embargo in South Sudan

STAR KENYA – Museveni said this would weaken its army just as the country was trying to contain a resurgence of violence.

The statement from one of the region’s main powers, issued over the weekend, came after UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon urged the Security Council to block arms sales to try and end more than two years of fighting in the world’s newest nation.

At least 272 people have died in the latest clashes between forces loyal to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his rival, Vice President Riek Machar.

Museveni told Ban he was against the embargo at an African Union summit in Rwanda’s capital Kigali on Saturday, officials said.

“When you impose an (arms) embargo on South Sudan you destroy the local force on which you need to build a strong integrated army,” a statement from his office read.

He did not say if Uganda would take any more concrete action against the plan for South Sudan, which declared independence from Sudan five years ago.

Uganda sent troops into South Sudan to back Kiir during latest conflict, which started in December 2013, and sent troops back again during this month’s resurgence in fighting, saying they would rescue Ugandan citizens there.

An IGAD summit in Rwanda also proposed an immdiate arms ambargo as the first of a three-pronged approach to addressing the South Sudan crisis.

“Second, enact additional targeted sanctions on leaders and commanders working to unravel the peace process. Third, fortify the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS),” said executive secretary Mahboub Maalim.

He added that IGAD supports the proposal by the Chiefs of the Defence Staff/Forces of Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda to reinforce UNMISS with troops.

 

SOURCED: Star Kenya 

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