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UN extends arms embargo and other sanctions in South Sudan till May 2021

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UN extends arms embargoThe United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has extended the individual sanctions, travel ban and an arms embargo in South Sudan until May 2021. An arms embargo is a restriction or a set of sanctions that applies solely to weaponry.

  • This extension has been drafted by the United States (US), which received 12 votes in favour while Russia, China and South Africa abstained it.
  • The resolution will encourage developments in South Sudan’s peace process as the nation is emerging from a brutal six-year civil war that left 380,000 dead and millions displaced.

Key Point:

-The Security Council was asked to provide a report by the end of October on the role of the arms embargo in implementing a 2018 peace agreement as well as provide options for developing benchmarks.

About South Sudan:
Capital– Juba
Currency– South Sudanese pound
President– Salva Kiir Mayardit

About UN Security Council
United Nations Security Council and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security. It is the only UN body with the authority to issue binding resolutions to member states.
Establishment– 1945
Headquarter– New York, US
Member Nations– 15 (Not India)

The Council is composed of 15 Members:

Five permanent members: ChinaFranceRussian Federationthe United Kingdom, and the United States, and ten non-permanent members elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly (end of term)