UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States is trying to rally enough votes at the United Nations Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan following continued fighting and human rights abuses, diplomats said on Thursday.
A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, Britain, France or the United States. The council could vote as early as Friday.
Diplomats - Washington - Votes - Members - Timing
Diplomats said Washington has secured at least seven votes, but some council members say the timing is not right given attempts to revitalize the peace process.
The U.S. mission to the United Nations was not immediately available to comment.
South - Sudan - Neighbor - Sudan - War
South Sudan, which split off from its northern neighbor Sudan in 2011, has been gripped by a civil war since 2013 caused by political rivalry between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar.
Last Friday the government and opposition signed an agreement on security arrangements which follow on from a ceasefire deal last month.
Thursday - South - Sudan - Parliament - Kiir
However, on Thursday South Sudan’s parliament voted to extend Kiir’s mandate until 2021 in a move likely to undermine the peace talks as...
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