Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, chaired a Security Council briefing on South Sudan. In her remarks, she highlighted the dire humanitarian situation in the country and the need for strong Council action to address the ongoing conflict and save lives.
"I call on this Council to move forward with the tools available to it, such as with further sanctions and an arms embargo, or the violence and the atrocities will continue. We must not wait for more deaths, more displacement, and more destruction before we have the courage to act. This is unacceptable. We must see a sign that progress is possible."
"If you truly care for the people of South Sudan, then we must tell the South Sudanese government that we are not going to put up with this anymore. If you care about the leadership of this Security Council, we should not allow a Presidential Statement to be totally ignored. And the person that's benefitting from the division of this Council is the South Sudanese government. So if you want them to continue to harass the people of South Sudan, if you want to continue to see starvation in South Sudan, doing nothing is exactly what you need to keep doing. But if we're going to stop it, and if we're really going to truly say we want to help the people of South Sudan, that's not about dialogue. That's not about hope. That's not about wishes. That's about action, and I call on this Security Council to act."