South Sudan government agrees to deploy regional force, again

A member of the Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force (GSDF) prepares for the arrival of new troops at the compound of the United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNMISS) in Juba, South Sudan on November 21, 2016The South Sudan government has agreed to accept the deployment of a UN-mandated regional force in Juba after months of hesitation, a spokesman said. “I would like therefore to inform the people on behalf of the transitional government of national unity that your cabinet has resolved unanimously to allow the deployment of the regional protection force anytime from now,” deputy Information Minister Akol Paul Kordit said late Friday. Following an outbreak of fighting in July, 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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