US submits draft resolution to the UN on South Sudan sanctions

NO DEAL: President Kiir looking on as he snubs the peace accord to resolve the conflict in his country.

NO DEAL: President Kiir looking on as he snubs the peace accord to resolve the conflict in his country.

In a swift to move to pressure Juba to sign on to the peace deal that was signed by rebel leader Riek Machar on Monday, the United States has circulated a draft resolution within the UN Security Council proposing the body votes and imposes an arms embargo on South Sudan among other sanctions.

The council members said Wednesday evening they will vote on the resolution soon.

The development follows Monday’s surprise decision by the President of South Sudan Salva Kiir to initial the highly anticipated “compromise document” but not sign it citing reservations and requesting 15 more days for “consultations” before he signs it.

On Tuesday Juba authorities signaled they won’t be accepting the “sell-out” deal but in a telephone call Wednesday Kiir is reported to have assured the US Secretary of State John Kerry that he will be signing the deal in two days.

Still Washington decided to go forward pushing an arms embargo and other sanctions to maintain the pressure on Kiir to make sure he signs the accord in the time frame he requested.

According to President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice, The United States is submitting the draft resolution on sanctions just in case “if an agreement is not signed by the government within 15 days and a cease-fire is not implemented promptly by all parties.”

Prior to the Monday August 17 deadline, US and other regional and international partners had urged South Sudan leaders to sign on to the deal or face sanctions.

About 7 previous deals have been signed and breached days or hours after signing.

The deal, if signed and implemented would end the 20-month conflict between the government of South Sudan and rebel faction led by the former Vice President Riek Machar.