Kerry urges deployment of new UN force to South Sudan
Monday August 22 2016
US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) and Kenya's Foreign Affairs minister Amina Mohamed during a Press briefing on August 22, 2016 in Nairobi. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
"There is absolutely no question that we need to move forward with the deployment of the regional protection force authorised by the UN Security Council," Kerry said after meeting with five regional foreign ministers in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
In the wake of fresh fighting in the South Sudanese capital Juba last month, Kenya offered to provide troops for a new force, approved by the Security Council on August 12, alongside Ethiopia and Rwanda.
The 4,000 new troops will join 12,000 already deployed as part of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) which has been widely criticised for its serial failure to protect civilians.