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UN Security Council rejects arms embargo on South Sudan

December 23, 2016 08:54 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council has defeated a U.S.-sponsored resolution that would have imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan and three key figures in the conflict in the world's newest nation.

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Seven council members voted Friday in favor of the resolution and eight abstained. To be adopted by the U.N.'s most powerful body a resolution needs nine "yes" votes and no veto by a permanent member.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told the council after the vote that the resolution "would not have been a panacea ... but the arms embargo would have had some significant effects" in stemming the flow of weapons.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has repeatedly called for an arms embargo, warning that "If no action is taken, South Sudan will be on a trajectory towards mass atrocities."

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