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South Sudan president considers new, stronger UN force

South Sudan President Salva Kiir said more time and further negotiations were needed before the deployment of a new UN peacekeeping contingent with a stronger mandateSouth Sudan’s President Salva Kiir said Monday he is not opposed to the deployment of a strengthened UN force while expressing “very serious concerns” over the internationally-backed plan. The comments come as the UN faces renewed criticism over repeated failures to protect civilians, including foreign aid workers. On Friday the UN Security Council approved a US-drafted resolution backed by regional bloc IGAD to strengthen the 12,000-person peacekeeping mission, known as UNMISS, with 4,000 additional troops drawn from regional armies and equipped with a more aggressive mandate.

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