Security situation is deteriorating in South Sudan

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Children roast their last portion of maize on the outskirts of Fertait, a village in Jonglei, South Sudan, burned down during the recent escalation of ethnic clashes in this area.

The United States says it strongly supports the recommendation to keep 7,000 United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan.

The Security Council established the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in 2011 to help the newly independent country to consolidate peace and security and to create conditions for development.

South Sudan continues to face inter-ethnic violence within its borders and mounting tensions with its neighbour in the north which accuses it of supporting armed rebels.

Speaking on Monday, the US Ambassador, Susan Rice, said the Security Council was briefed by the deputy head of UN peacekeeping operations, Edmond Mullet on UNMISS.

"He made the recommendation that the force strength be maintained at the mandated level of 7,000 through at least 2013. That is a recommendation that the United States strongly supports based on the deteriorating security situation, the incidents of violence that we see in Jonglei and elsewhere and the importance we attach to the UN's role in the protection of civilians, as well as support for the process of DDR and SSR."

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DDR refers to the programme for the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of former combatants and SSR stands for Security Sector Reform.

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