By AFP, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2014, SSN;
The United Nations Security Council is due in Nairobi on Wednesday for talks with East Africa’s regional leaders on South Sudan’s stalemated peace negotiations.
The top-level UN diplomatic delegation brings a pessimistic outlook to the Kenyan capital following what the council president described as “disappointing” discussions with South Sudan’s warring chiefs.
“We did not hear much from them that gave us hope that there would be rapid agreement in the talks in Addis Ababa,” said UK Ambassador to the UN Mark Lyall Grant.
“Both said they recognised there was no military solution to the crisis, but the two positions remain far apart.”
“Frankly, the Security Council is annoyed and angry at what has happened,” added Amb Grant, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the Security Council in August.
“We underlined a very strong message that there would be consequences for those who try to undermine the peace process, and are not willing to put aside their personal agendas in the interest of their people.”
In their talks in Nairobi with ministers of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad), council members will discuss possible sanctions on those South Sudanese held responsible for continuing an eight-month civil war.
Igad said in May that it would consider initiating punitive measures if South Sudan’s belligerents failed to meet an August 10 deadline for forming a unity government.
That deadline passed with no sign of an agreement emerging from the talks in Addis Ababa.
The Security Council mission to East Africa comes amid increasingly urgent warnings that famine may soon take thousands of lives in South Sudan. END