Security Council: Explanation of vote South Sudan Sanctions

Statement by H.E. Karel J.G. van Oosterom,
Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York

New York, 31 May 2018

Madame President,

On December 21st last year the parties in South Sudan agreed on a cessation of hostilities.

As the Kingdom of the Netherlands, we welcome this positive step towards a political solution.

It was only days, or perhaps hours, that the fighting started again.

Since, we have seen the leaders of South Sudan choose war over peace.

Despite calls by the international community, by the region, by civil society organisations, and most importantly, by the people of South Sudan.

This has to stop. That is why we voted in favor of the resolution.

Today, the council gives a strong signal to all parties in South Sudan that there is an urgent need for a full commitment to the cessation of hostilities and a political agreement. There is an urgent need for full commitment to the wellbeing of the people of South-Sudan.

If they continue to behave solely based on their narrow self-interest, this council will consider serious consequences.

We regret that the unanimous adoption of this resolution was not possible. We believe that this would have been possible if the Council had been given more time for full engagement and through closer cooperation with the region.

The resolution has now been adopted.

We thank IGAD for their continuous leadership and join them in urging all parties to the High Level Revitalization Forum to negotiate in good faith and make real compromises.

It is now up to the leaders of South-Sudan that they are serious about peace, that they are serious about finding a political solution, and that they are serious about the wellbeing of the people of South Sudan.

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