Security Council renews sanctions against those blocking peace in South Sudan

Unanimously adopting a new resolution, the Council also decided to extend, until 1 July, the mandate of the Panel of Experts overseeing the sanctions, with the intention of reviewing it and deciding, no later than 15 April, whether to renew it further.In a separate action, the Council issued a Presidential Statement read out by Ambassador Liu Jieyi of China, which holds the 15-member body’s presidency for the month of April, welcoming progress made on steps outlined in its 17 March presidential statement on the matter. They included implementation of the Juba security arrangements and the return of some members of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) to the capital.The Council nonetheless expressed regret that the steps set forth in the earlier text had not been fully met. It strongly urged all parties to complete them and to implement fully the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. read more