Yesterday, the UN Security Council adopted UNSC Resolution 2418 (2018), which renews for 45 days (until 15 July 2018) UN sanctions (asset freezes and travel bans) on those “blocking peace in South Sudan”.
The Resolution also requests the Secretary-General to report by 30 June 2018 whether any fighting has taken place in South Sudan involving parties to the Peace Agreement (17 December 2017), and to report on whether the parties have come to a viable political agreement. If the Secretary-General reports such fighting or lack of a viable political agreement, then the UN Security Council will consider applying targeted sanctions to 6 individuals identified in Annex 1 to the Resolution and/or an arms embargo within 5 days of the Secretary-General’s report. The 6 individuals are: Koang Rambang Chol; Kuol Manyang Juuk; Malek Reuben Riak Rengu; Martin Elia Lomuro; Michael Makuei Lueth; and Paul Malong Awan.
We reported earlier this week that the US had drafted a UNSC Resolution in respect of South Sudan, which had featured some of the aforementioned individuals (previous blog).