The United States is proposing that the United Nations Security Council impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, after President Salva Kiir shocked the opposition led by his former deputy Riek Machar, by refusing to sign a peace deal to end the 20-month conflict. Mr. Kiir says his government needs more time to consider the proposed agreement. Reports say Kiir is displeased with the power-sharing language included into the framework of the deal. His decision is the latest blow to the peace talks sponsored by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, as well as several other countries including the United States and China. Meanwhile, the U.S. has circulated a draft resolution to UN Security Council calling for the arms restrictions against South Sudan and sanctions against its senior political leaders, if a peace accord between the warring sides is not signed by September 1, 2015. However, if President Kiir does sign the deal, the arms embargo will not go forward.
Join us on the next edition of Straight Talk Africa for our live, one-hour television and radio call-in simulcast when host Shaka Ssali and his guests discuss the failed South Sudan peace talks.
Newsmaker One on One
Chairman of SPLM/SPLA in Opposition and former South Sudan Vice President
via Phone: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
John Tanza Mabusa
Host and Managing Editor of VOA's South Sudan In Focus
Washington Studio Guests:
Baak V. A. Wol
Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan to the U.S.
Reath Muoch Tang
SPLM/SPLA Representative to the United States of America
and former Member of Parliament in the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly
Question of the Week:
What more can the international community do to pressure the government of South Sudan to end the 20 month civil conflict?
Twitter: @VOA Shaka