UN Security Council threatens S. Sudan sanctions

AP News
Posted: Aug 12, 2014 11:12 AM

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the Security Council could impose sanctions on leaders in South Sudan if gross violations of human rights continue to be carried out.

Samantha Power said Tuesday during a trip to South Sudan that peace talks must be taken seriously by the government and rebels. She said the Security Council has made it very clear it is prepared to impose "consequences" if participants impede the process.

The government and rebels agreed earlier this year to the formation of a transitional government by last Sunday. That deadline passed with no agreement, which Power called deeply disappointing.

Power said the Security Council has worrying reports of more arms being brought into the country to set the stage for warfare when the rainy season is over.