UN diplomats arrive in South Sudan, threaten arms embargo
03 September 2016, 10:08
Juba — The UN Security Council has arrived in South Sudan to threaten an arms embargo and sanctions if the government rejects a plan to bring in another 4 000 peacekeepers.
The rare visit focuses on the council's decision to deploy the peacekeepers with a strengthened mandate to protect civilians after reports of rapes and attacks by government troops.
South Sudan is wary of giving the UN more authority and has called the plan a new colonialism.
US Ambassador Samantha Power delivered a stern message on arrival, noting recent obstructions of UN work.
A South Sudanese official cut short the opening press conference.
The diplomats are expected to meet with President Salva Kiir and urge both sides to adhere to a fragile 2015 peace deal meant to end the country's civil war.