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    Chinese representative urges Security Council to lift sanctions on South Sudan as soon as possible

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    United Nations, September 16th China‘s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dai Bing, spoke at the Security Council’s consideration of the South Sudan issue on the 16th, urging the Security Council to lift the arms embargo and other sanctions against South Sudan as soon as possible.

    Dai Bing said that at present, South Sudan’s political transition has entered a new and important stage. Last month, signatories to a revitalized agreement to resolve the conflict in South Sudan agreed on a roadmap for an extension of the transition period. This is a political decision independently made by all parties in South Sudan, and it is also a correct choice in line with the current situation and conducive to the peace process. Individual countries should understand the real difficulties faced by South Sudan, take an objective view of the decision to extend the transition period, and should not blindly regard elections as a “panacea” to solve all problems, and ignore the political efforts of all parties in South Sudan for dialogue and reconciliation.

    He said that the first batch of South Sudan’s unification forces have successfully graduated and deployed recently. This is an important progress in the implementation of the revitalized agreement and marks a solid step forward in the peace process in South Sudan. It cannot be ignored that the follow-up of the unified force and the implementation of other security arrangements in the revitalization agreement will require tangible help from the international community. Complaining about the lag in the implementation of the agreement while cutting off funding is not an effective solution to the problem. The Security Council’s sanctions against South Sudan are not conducive to the unified force’s access to the security equipment it needs to perform its duties, as more and more Council members have recognized. China once again calls on the Security Council to pay attention to South Sudan’s concerns and demands on the issue of sanctions, lift the arms embargo and other sanctions on South Sudan at an early date, and help South Sudan improve its security capabilities.

    Dai Bing said that as the youngest country in the world, South Sudan has developed late and has a weak foundation, which cannot be separated from the continuous support of the international community. Affected by factors such as floods, food shortages, and violent conflicts, South Sudan is experiencing severe humanitarian challenges and urgently needs help. Under such circumstances, cutting development aid and imposing indiscriminate sanctions would only make things worse. The international community should not only increase humanitarian assistance to South Sudan, but also help it speed up its independent development, gain the ability and resilience to resist risks and challenges, and promote peace through development means.

    He said that China always respects South Sudan’s sovereignty and independence, and supports South Sudan in exploring a development path that suits its national conditions. In the future, China will continue to work with the international community to provide support and assistance for the implementation of the revitalization agreement and help the people of South Sudan live a peaceful and peaceful life at an early date.

    Beginning in late 2013, a power struggle between South Sudanese President Kiir and then-Vice President Machar sparked nationwide armed conflict with serious humanitarian consequences. The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution in 2015 deciding to impose targeted sanctions on individuals and entities that disrupt the peace and political process in South Sudan. The Security Council imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan in 2018. The Security Council has since extended the sanctions several times.

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