Alarmed at the violence and chaos in Sudan and South Sudan, the 28 EU nations agreed on 10 July to maintain arms embargoes on both countries, while targeting key individuals considered responsible for the instability. More planned sanctions are in the works if the perpetrators do not cease their destructive actions, said EU officials.

“South Sudan’s civil conflict is spreading across the whole of the country,” Nick Westcott, managing director for Africa policy at the European External Action Service, told reporters in Brussels on 11 July after two decisions by the EU Council. “Some 10,000 civilians have died in the most recent outbreaks of fighting and the situation is not getting any better.” […]