Security Council renews sanctions regime on South Sudan [fr]
Adoption of resolution renewing the sanctions regime on South Sudan
Explanation of vote by Mr. François Delattre, Permanent Representtive of France to the United Nations
Security Council - 13 July 2018
France welcomes adoption of resolution 2428 (2018), which renews the sanctions regime on South Sudan for one year.
France nevertheless listened attentively to our colleagues from Ethiopia and Equatorial Guinea, and shares their desire for the Security Council to remain united in supporting the political process and initiatives led by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and African Union.
The resolution is not intended to undermine negotiations conducted by IGAD. Its goal is to protect civilian populations. It enables the establishment of an arms embargo that France has been urgently calling for several years. By limiting the flow of weapons towards South Sudan, the arms embargo is one of the most important measures that the Council can adopt to protect South Sudanese civilians. Furthermore, by adopting individual sanctions against two important military leaders from both sides, the Security Council is sending the clear message that impunity for acts of violence against civilians and violations of the most basic human rights and international humanitarian law can no longer be tolerated. Those who seek to prolong the conflict in contempt of their fellow citizens must be made aware that they will suffer the consequences of their actions.
The situation in South Sudan will improve in concrete terms only when the conflict is ended. France is encouraged by recent progress in the political process. France welcomes the commitment of IGAD and calls on the South Sudanese parties to finalize an agreement as soon as possible so that weapons are laid down once and for all and that the South Sudanese people can finally return to living their lives in the peace to which they aspire. Members may rest assured of France’s determined commitment to that end.
Lastly, let me conclude by welcoming our new colleague from Côte d’Ivoire, His Excellency Mr. Kacou Houadja Léon Adom. It gives me great pleasure to welcome him here. Let me take this opportunity to commend the outstanding work of His Excellency Mr. Djédjé, who successfully carried out his interim duties following the passing of Bernard Tanoh-Boutchoue, who is sadly missed but whose memory is very much alive for us all and will remain a source of inspiration for the Council and myself — and whom I will never forget.