U.N.S.C. Indicates Willingness to Sanction South Sudan

By Stephen Levy

The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on March 3rd in support of a resolution that would “impose targeted sanctions in order to support the search for peace” in South Sudan if needed. The two sides of the conflict, the South Sudanese government and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, agreed to terms in early 2014, but have not, at least according to the U.N.S.C., truly sought to end the conflict. The U.N.S.C. stated that it would sanction any individual tied to violence or instability in the country. The U.S. ambassador, Samantha Power, who wrote an authoritative book on recent U.S. responses to genocide, wrote the resolution. The U.S. has also imposed sanctions on South Sudanese individuals on its own.