The UN Security Council on Friday welcomed the signing of a peace agreement aimed at ending South Sudan's 20-month civil war while warning that it remained ready to impose an arms embargo on the country if the deal collapsed.
The 15-nation council's statement came as South Sudanese rebels and the army accused each other for the second time this week of attacks that appeared to undermine the fragile peace deal that President Salva Kiir reluctantly signed days after the rebel side accepted it.
"The Security Council acknowledges that this agreement is the first step in reversing the difficult political and economic situation, and humanitarian and security catastrophe resulting from this crisis," the council said.
The council added that it "calls upon the parties ... to fully implement the agreement."
The statement included a threat to anyone undermining the agreement. It spoke of the council's "readiness to consider appropriate measures ... including through the imposition of an arms embargo and additional targeted sanctions."