Sunday 20 April 2014

Peacekeeping presence increased

Relieved Kenyans carry their bags after being evacuated from South Sudan by the Kenyan Defence Forces at Wilson Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. More than 1000 Kenyans are still stranded in Africa's youngest state that is on the verge of civil war. South Sudan's military spokesman says there is increasing tension at a United Nations camp in the rebel-held city of Bor because armed elements have entered the congested area where the U.N. says about 17,000 civilians are seeking protection. Col. Philip Aguer said South Sudanese troops are outside Bor and will soon advance on the city. Bor is controlled by troops loyal to the country's former vice president. Aguer said troops will also soon advance on another rebel-held city, Bentiu, in the oil-rich region of Unity state.(AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

The UN security council has voted to temporarily increase the UN peacekeeping force in conflict-torn South Sudan to 12,500 troops from 7,000, a nearly 80% increase.

The resolution adopted unanimously today by the UN's most powerful body will also increase the UN's international police contingent from 900 to 1,323.

To reach the new levels, the council authorised the temporary transfer of troops, police and equipment from UN missions in Congo, Darfur, Abyei, Ivory Coast and Liberia. The UN also wants attack helicopters for South Sudan.

The council condemned the fighting and violence against civilians and ethnic communities that have caused hundreds of deaths across South Sudan, and reported human rights violations by all parties.

It called for "an immediate cessation of hostilities and the immediate opening of a dialogue".


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