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JUBA – South Sudan has lauded China, Russia, India, Gabon, and Kenya for abstaining from voting against the U.S draft resolution on renewing the arms embargo and sanctions on Africa’s youngest nation.

On 26 May, UN Security Council adopted a resolution to renew for a year, till May 31, 2023, an arms embargo against South Sudan as well as targeted sanctions of the travel ban and asset freeze against individuals and entities.

It was renewed by a narrow margin that saw the approval of 10 out of 15 council members with China, Russia, India, Gabon, and Kenya abstaining from voting on the US-drafted resolution

The UN Security Council renewed the arms embargo despite South Sudan repeatedly calling for the arms embargo to be lifted.

Speaking to reporters after regular cabinet meeting in Juba on Friday, Michael Makuei Lueth, Information Minister, appreciated five countries for expressing opposition to the arms embargo.

“We really appreciated the position of China, Russia, India, Gabon, and Kenya for standing with the government and people of South Sudan against unfair resolutions,” Makuei said.

Makuei described the renewal of arms embargo on South Sudan as “unfair resolutions”.

“We appreciate their stand and call upon members of the UN Security Council not to listen to individuals’ reports that are presented without substrate,” Makuei said. - Sudans Post

 

Rwanda’s military said Monday that shelling of the country’s northern territory by the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) had injured several civilians and damaged property. 

The attack targeted sectors of Musanze district between 09.59 a.m. and 10.20 a.m. local time, said a statement by the Rwanda Defense Force (RDF).

“Those injured are receiving treatment and officials are assessing the extent of the damage,” said Col. Ronald Rwivanga, the spokesman for the RDF.

A woman who was returning home from her garden was reportedly among the injured.

The Rwandan army said it had asked the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM), a regional military framework for 12 countries in the Great Lakes region, to conduct an “urgent investigation” into the shelling.

“Rwandan authorities are also engaging their DR Congo counterparts over the incident,” Rwivanga said, adding the situation is normal and security is assured in the area.

There was no immediate comment from DR Congo on the reports.

But fighting recently erupted on several hills in Rutshuru territory in the DR Congo’s North Kivu province between government forces and rebels of the March 23 Movement (M23).

On Sunday, the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) accused M23 of attacking its base on one of the hills in Rutshuru, prompting the UN force to join the FARDC in an offensive against the rebels.

On Monday, local media reported that the clashes had reached the border area between the DR Congo and Rwanda.

In 2014, Rwanda accused the Congolese army of firing a rocket on its territory in the western Rwanda border district of Rubavu.

Also, in 2013, Rwanda accused the FARDC of firing over 60 projectiles on Rwandan territory, killing and injuring civilians. - James Tasamba, Anadolu Agency

 

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, today announced that he will travel to Rwanda, Kenya and South Sudan.

During Minister Sajjan’s time in Africa, he will meet with regional representatives to discuss everything from peace and security to women in politics to education. He will also visit international, Canadian and local partners who are on the front lines of providing humanitarian support to refugees and internally displaced persons and working to improve health care, nutrition and food security across Eastern Africa. As the impacts of disruptions on global food systems and the effects of climate change are felt more strongly by the most vulnerable people, including those already facing humanitarian crises, Canada continues to support humanitarian partners to help meet emergency food and nutrition needs while also working with development partners to address long-term challenges and strengthen local resilience.

All public health rules and guidelines related to COVID-19 will be followed before, during and after the trip

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“As the world grapples with rising food and fuel costs, humanitarian needs and the importance of food security continue to rise as well. I look forward to learning more about the countries in this region, their successes and the unique hurdles they face to see how we can come together to create sustainable solutions.”   

- Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

 - Global Affairs Canada

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