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UN statement says ‘profound disappointment’ on South Sudan

March 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A new United Nations Security Council presidential statement expresses “profound disappointment” with the failure of South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar to finalize a peace deal.

The statement read at Tuesday’s council meeting also repeats the council’s intent to impose measures such as an arms embargo or sanctions against “senior individuals” who threaten the country’s peace.

The fighting in the oil-rich East African country has killed tens of thousands and displaced two million people.

The statement looks forward to the “rapid establishment” of a panel of experts that will assist a recently created U.N. sanctions committee on South Sudan. The committee is expected to meet for the first time Wednesday.

South Sudan’s ambassador says imposing sanctions will devastate the country’s economy and only cause more suffering.

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