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Security Council meets S.Sudan leader to accept extra peacekeepers

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power (L) speaks with South Sudan's Cabinet Affairs Minister Martin Elia Lomoro in Juba on September 3, 2016UN Security Council officials on Sunday began a key meeting with the president of South Sudan to get him to accept the deployment of a regional protection force to beef up a large UN peacekeeping mission. The meeting began late afternoon in the presidential palace in the capital Juba, where clashes between President Salva Kiir’s guards and troops loyal to his former deputy Riek Machar erupted on July 8, shattering a fragile truce that has been breached several times. Following the violence, the UN Security Council authorised the deployment of an additional 4,000 troops from East Africa with a stronger mandate than the 13,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission UNMISS.

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