South Sudan: Ban Ki-Moon Requests Additional Troops to South Sudan

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urgently sought to nearly double the size of the UN peacekeeping force in South Sudan.

Ban asked the UN Security Council on Monday to send 5,500 more peacekeepers to South Sudan as soon as possible to protect civilians from the growing violence in the country.

There are now some 6,700 troops and 670 police officers making up the UN force in South Sudan.

The 15-member Council met on Tuesday to discuss the crisis and is due to vote on a resolution approving the increase in peacekeeping troops.

The Council is also scheduled to hold an emergency meeting on Thursday to deliberate on ways to reinforce UNMISSES.

Nearly 45,000 civilians are under UN protection at bases in the country, notably in the capital Juba and the cities of Bor and Bentiu, Ban said.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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