UN peacekeeping chief pleads for S Sudan arms embargo

The United Nations peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous is pleading with the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan where he expects an upsurge in fighting with the coming end of the rainy season.
Ladsous told reporters that he had made his appeal directly to the council during a closed-door meeting on Monday.
“I think an arms embargo should happen now and that’s even very late,” Ladsous told reporters on Tuesday.
“The rainy season is coming to a close and that has frequently been the time of the year when people go back to military operations.”
The council is weighing its next steps in South Sudan after the government in Juba showed little cooperation with UN plans to deploy a 4 000-strong regional force.
The council voted in August to deploy the force in Juba and warned that if the government opposed the plan it would face an arms embargo.

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