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Monday, December 23, 2013

Ban proposed UN troops in South Sudan

Ban proposed UN troops in South Sudan

 UN Secretary General Ban Ki -moon on Monday said it will recommend to the UN Security Council peacekeeping troops in South Sudan to protect civilians from violence that pushed the country to the brink of civil war .

" I will send a letter to the Security Council which contains my recommendations for improving the protection capacity UNMISS ( the UN mission ) with additional forces , police and logistical assets , " Ban told reporters .

He said the UN had approached a number of countries to ask them to contribute troops and assets .

Former Vice President Riek Machar , who led a rebellion against the government of South Sudan , told Reuters on Monday , he was ready to engage in dialogue to end the conflict , but President Salva Kiir must first liberate political allies were detained .

Machar said he spoke Monday with the foreign minister of Ethiopia , Africa team leader who tried to mediate an end to more than a week of fighting that killed hundreds of people and left thousands of people displaced .

The UN has about 6,800 peacekeeping troops and nearly 700 police in Southern Sudan .

South Sudan broke away from Sudan in 2011, according to the 2005 peace agreement that ended decades of civil war between north and south . Long conflict that makes the new country is very backward and ketempatan many weapons .

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