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Arms embargo affects law enforcement-Gov’t

By Kitab A Unango

The government has criticized United Nations Security Council’s renewed arms embargo on South Sudan.

Deng Dau Deng, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs said the continued armed embargo would have negative impact on law enforcement in the country.

Speaking over the state owned radio on Sunday, Dau said the sanctions had also affected families of the individuals enlisted.

He reiterated that the civil population were more armed than the government, which he said would make it difficult for organized forces to enforce law and order in the country.

Last months, the United Nations Security Council renewed arms embargo and other targeted sanctions on individuals in South Sudan for a period of one year.

Dau said the arms embargo prevents the government from accessing international market, purchasing and importing new weapons and ammunitions, thus weakened forces’ capability to defend the country.

“Our biggest problem with armed embargo as a country the civilians are more armed than the government. This is a challenge as country because we have been locked in. We cannot access international markets even just to arm the police to keep law and order is a big issue to us,” Dau complained.

However, Amnesty International earlier welcomed the embargo saying it was crucial to restrain the flow of weapons which were used for committing war crimes, human rights violations, and abuses.

The organization called on UN Security Council and UN member countries to diligently enforce arms embargo on South Sudan. Dau added that they were finding ways of negotiating with the Trump’s administration so that the sanction could be lifted on the cou

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