During its informal consultations on 18 January 2017, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan discussed the Chair’s report on his visit to South Sudan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Uganda in December 2016.
The visit was undertaken with a view to implementing paragraph 11 of Security Council resolution 2290 (2016), by which the Security Council encouraged the Committee to consider, where and when appropriate, visits to selected countries by the Chair and/or Committee members.
During the informal consultations, the Chair detailed his impressions regarding the impact of the sanctions measures in South Sudan, and members discussed the role that sanctions might play in the current context.
Committee members also discussed the political and security situation in South Sudan, and the divergent views and assessments heard during the Chair’s visit. Members also expressed concern over the humanitarian situation throughout the country, and expressed hope that the national dialogue announced by President Kiir on 14 December would be broad-based and inclusive.