UN Security Council Expected to Adopt Sudan, South Sudan Resolution

Posted May 2nd, 2012 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations Security Council is expected to adopt a resolution Wednesday calling on Sudan and South Sudan to stop fighting and resolve their outstanding issues, or face possible sanctions.

A draft of the resolution, obtained by VOA, calls on both sides to “immediately cease all hostilities” and reach an agreement on oil, border and citizenship issues.

The document stresses the need to restore a “comprehensive, just and lasting peace between Sudan and South Sudan.”

The draft says if either side fails to comply with the resolution, the Security Council “expresses its intention” to take action under Article 41 of the U.N. Charter. The clause allows the council to take non-military action, including economic sanctions, to back up its decisions.

Russia and China, both veto-wielding permanent members of the council, have resisted the possibility of sanctions, but diplomats say a veto of the resolution is unlikely.

The draft notes a decision last week by the African Union's Peace and Security Council, which gave Sudan and South Sudan 90 days to settle oil, citizenship and boundary issues or face binding international arbitration.