The trip, the first of the Committee since 2019, aimed to implement the council’s Resolution 2577 adopted in May 2021 to renew the arms embargo, travel ban and assets freeze imposed on South Sudan for another year and extended for 13 months the mandate of the panel of experts tasked with helping to oversee those measures, while expressing its readiness to adjust them in light of conditions on the ground.

The delegation of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC) Committee meets with President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit. (Photo: VOV)

During the visit, the UNSC delegation held working sessions with President of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit, First Vice President Riek Machar, and other Vice Presidents, Speaker of the nation’s Transitional National Legislative Assembly Jemma Nunu Kumba, members of the local council of ministers, and the leader of the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), and other representatives of organizations and locals.

At these functions, Quy welcomed progresses made since the local Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (RTGoNU) was established in February 2020.

The ambassador studied information and reviews of the Government and partners involved on South Sudan’s political, security and humanitarian situations; on local progress in the implementation of the 2018 peace and of the five criteria under Resolution 2577 (2021), which would create the basis for the UNSC to review and consider adjusting or lifting the arms embargo.

The council’s delegation also met with Vietnamese personnel serving the UNMISS and heard a report on their activities. Ambassador Quy commended their efforts, particularly of the medical personnel working at Vietnam’s third the second-level field hospital in Bentiu.

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy (fourth from left) meets with Vietnamese peacekeepers serving at the UNMISS.

The Committee oversees the sanction measures imposed by the UNSC, with Vietnam holding its chairmanship for 2020 – 2021.

Vietnam officially joined the UN peacekeeping operations and sent a representative to join the UNMISS in 2014. Currently, Vietnam is deploying 63 people, including 13 females, for its third second-level field hospital in Bentiu.

Source: VNA