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Security Council urges South Sudan to acccept 'protection force'

The 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, has faced criticism for failing to stem the latest bloodshed or fully protect civilians during the fightingThe UN Security Council on Saturday urged South Sudan to drop its opposition to the deployment of a regional protection force to beef up a large UN peacekeeping mission in the war-scarred country. Echoing a call made earlier Saturday by South Sudanese religious leaders, ambassadors from the council’s 15 member states met with senior government ministers in Juba and all spoke in favour of sending an additional 4,000 troops to the 13,000-strong mission, known as UNMISS. One of the ambassadors, who asked not to be named, told AFP he thought the South Sudanese ministers “were surprised to see that the Security Council spoke with one voice.

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