Donald Trump wants U.N. to blacklist Riek Machar
The United States under President Donald Trump administration wants the United Nations Security Council to blacklist former South Sudan’s first vice president Riek Machar.
Reuters reports the US to have circulated names to the 15-member council in an annex, to draft a resolution that would place an arms embargo on South Sudan amid warnings by a senior UN official of possible genocide.
Machar was named alongside army chief of staff Paul Malong and Information Minister Michael Makuei.
Kiir subsequently replaced Riek Machar with Taban Deng-Gai as first vice president after Machar fled Juba.
Machar was in Democratic Republic of Congo, then Sudan and was most recently in South Africa under house arrest.
The annex to the draft text accused Machar of entering “into alliances with Equatorian rebel groups to work to overthrow the South Sudanese Government” and said “forces allied with Machar have raided villages and abducted civilians and aid workers.”