- Associated Press - Friday, July 13, 2018

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council has narrowly approved a U.S.-drafted resolution imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan over objections that it could hurt African efforts to end the five-year conflict in the world’s newest nation.

The resolution received the minimum nine “yes” votes on Friday, with the six other council members abstaining.

In addition to an immediate arms embargo, the resolution imposes a travel ban and asset freeze on a current deputy defense chief and former army chief.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged adoption of the resolution before the vote, saying cease-fires have been repeatedly broken and “to stop the violence, we need to stop the flow of weapons that armed groups are using to fight each other and to terrorize the people.”

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