The spread of weapons in South Sudan is a scourge [fr]
Statement by Ms Anne Gueguen, Deputy Permanent of France to the United Nations
Security Council - 30 May 2019
France welcomes the adoption of resolution 2471 (2019), which extends the sanctions regime against South Sudan, a country with a civilian population that has been tragically tried and tested by violence. France shares the opinion expressed by the other European members of the Security Council. The sanctions regime continues to be an especially important tool that contributes to stabilizing South Sudan. It is a tool to support the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan and deprive the parties to the conflict of the means to commit violence.
The spread of weapons in the country constitutes a genuine scourge. France calls on the South Sudanese authorities, as well as the countries of the region, to fully implement the arms embargo. We also recall that individual sanctions, in order to be effectively applied, require the mobilization and engagement of all regional and international actors. France remains extremely concerned about the level of human rights violations, including the level of sexual violence. We call for an end to all forms of violence and for ensuring that those responsible are brought to justice.
Lastly, France would like to express its hope that the Security Council will systematically use sanctions to punish and bring pressure to bear on those who commit sexual violence, especially since it is now an independent criterion for sanctions designation.
I would like to conclude by congratulating you, Mr. President, and your team on your successful presidency of the Council this month.