UN approves new peacekeeping force to South Sudan

    UN approves new peacekeeping force to South Sudan

    Aug.13, Juba: The United Nations Security Council has approved the deployment of an additional 4,000-strong peacekeeping force in South Sudan, after recent fighting threatened to send the country back to all-out civil war, reports said.

    In response to the vote on Friday, a spokesman for President Salva Kiir said the government would not accept the UN's decision and would not cooperate with it.

    "That is very unfortunate and we are not going to 'cooperate' on that because we will not allow our country to be taken over by the UN," Kiir's spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Reuters news agency.

    The members of the council backed the US-drafted resolution earlier on Friday with 11 votes and four abstentions.

    Members of the force will be drawn from regional countries in Africa, and it will be tasked to protect the airport and promote "safe and free movement" in and out of the capital, Al Jazeera reported.

    The South Sudanese government had warned that the deployment of more UN forces would "seriously undermines" its sovereignty.

    There are already 12,000 peacekeeping troops, which have been in the country since it gained independence from Sudan in 2011. But the force has been criticised for failing to stop the latest bloodshed, or fully protect civilians during the fighting.

    An estimated 70,000 South Sudanese have already fled the country to Uganda since deadly fighting began in July.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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