Security Council: Explanation of vote on 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, 13 July 2018

Thank you very much, Mr. President.

And if you allow me please, I would also like to welcome our new colleague from Cote d’Ivoire and we look forward to work closely with you.

Mr. President, the Kingdom of the Netherlands welcomes the adoption of the resolution and certainly the measures contained in it. To install an arms embargo has been a request the Kingdom of the Netherlands has made here repeatedly. The installation of an arms embargo underlines that there is no military solution to the conflict. The sanctions against two individuals we especially welcome. Their responsibility for gross human rights violations has been well documented. Today this Council gives a clear signal that the international community no longer tolerates the gross human rights violations in South Sudan. And it underscores the need to achieve tangible results in the ongoing political negotiations. The Security Council will continue to monitor the situation in South Sudan and stands ready to act further if necessary.

We strongly welcome the insertion of specific designation criteria for sexual violence in the resolution. Through this explicit reference, the Security Council acknowledges the systematic, structural and widespread nature of sexual violence in South Sudan. The reports on South Sudan bear evidence of the horrific nature of these crimes, time and time again. If you can stomach it, the OHCHR report of earlier this week is a clear indication.

The Council today sends a signal that this violence has to stop. Impunity must end.  

Finally, we welcome the strengthened reference in this resolution to the link between conflict and hunger. It is a particular point of concern for the Kingdom of the Netherlands and is pertinent in the situation of South Sudan.

We thank the penholder for the initiative and this Council has given a very clear signal. It is now high time for the parties involved to achieve a sustained, peaceful, political solution.

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