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Kerry backs arms embargo on S Sudan

US Secretary of State John Kerry is pressing for a United Nations vote creating an arms embargo on South Sudan in an effort to end the civil war there, a US official has said.

An embargo and sanctions against South Sudan fighters are regularly discussed at the United Nations, and in Washington and Europe. But there has been little real action, with the White House seen as dragging its feet after making a strong push for the independence of the world’s youngest nation in 2011.

“I would characterise Kerry’s view as supporting the State Department’s view in support of a UN-led embargo,” a U S administration official told AFP yesterday. Foreign Policy magazine reported last week that National Security Advisor Susan Rice was against an arms embargo on South Sudan, putting her at odds with Kerry and UN envoy Samantha Power.

Rice does not see a benefit to an embargo that would only hit the elected regime of President Salva Kiir and not the rebellion of his former vice president Riek Machar, according to Foreign Policy. The US official refused to discuss any possible disagreement between the White House and the State Department on the issue.



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