Kenya and Uganda have played roles that contribute to “a dangerous stalemate” in South Sudan, a United Nations panel of experts said on Friday. 

The panel reported that Uganda deployed troops in Yei River State last month, a move it described as “violation of the international arms embargo on South Sudan”. 

The East African quoted the panel saying “Uganda’s involvement emboldens the hard line positions” of the South Sudan government. 

Kenya, on its part, has “not demonstrated sufficient political and diplomatic will to consistently support the peace process,” the panel said in a report to the UN Security Council.

 UN also criticized Ethiopia and Kenya for failing to use leadership roles in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development to exert regional influence on South Sudan’s antagonists. 

“More than a year after the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan, the selective implementation of and inconsistent international support for the Agreement have led to a dangerous stalemate,” the panel told Security Council.

 “The signatories have made no significant decisions regarding the implementation of the R-ARCSS” the report added.