The UN Security Council passed a resolution to renew an arms embargo on South Sudan and targeted sanctions such as travel bans and asset freezes against individuals and entities until May 31, 2023.
Resolution 2633, passed Thursday with 10 votes in favor and five abstentions, also extends the mandate of the panel of experts supporting the work of the South Sudan Sanctions Committee until July 1, 2023, the Xinhua News Agency reports.
China, Gabon, India, Kenya and Russia abstained.
The resolution determines that the arms embargo does not apply to the supply, sale or transfer of non-lethal military equipment solely in support of the implementation of the provisions of the peace agreement, as notified in advance to the Sanctions Committee.
It also reiterates the Security Council’s readiness to review arms embargo measures by amending, suspending or phasing out those measures in the light of progress made on the key objectives set out in last year’s Resolution 2577, and encourages the South Sudanese authorities to make further progress in this regard.
The resolution requests the UN Secretary-General, in close consultation with the UN Mission in South Sudan and the Panel of Experts, to conduct an assessment of progress on key benchmarks by April 15, 2023 at the latest.
It also calls on the South Sudanese authorities to report to the Sanctions Committee on the progress made in this regard by the same date.
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