United States Mission to The United Nations
Office of Press and Public Diplomacy
For Immediate Release
July 13, 2018
Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks to the UN Security Council this morning before the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2428. The U.S.-drafted resolution imposes an arms embargo and new sanctions on South Sudan.
“South Sudan’s people have endured unimaginable suffering and unspeakable atrocities. Their leaders have failed them. They are desperate to get the most basic food, medicine, and shelter. But above all, they just want the violence to stop. Anyone who has been to South Sudan knows this.”
“We can do more than just sit here and listen to these horror stories. We can do more than just express our sympathy with empty words. We can take action. Today, the United States has introduced a resolution that would impose an arms embargo and new sanctions against some of the people responsible for the violence.”
“The arms embargo is a measure to protect civilians and help stop the violence. For negotiations to work, we must end the cycle of broken promises to stick to a ceasefire. Peace in South Sudan will not come by letting the parties get their hands on more weapons. The opposite is true. Supporting an arms embargo will show the parties that we are fed up with the delays and the stalling. It will show our resolve to make life better for the people of South Sudan.”