Security Council considers proposal to reinforce UN mission in South Sudan

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Samantha Power

The Security Council is discussing a draft resolution proposed by the United States to reinforce the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

This follows a request made by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday for enhancing the capacity of UNMISS to carry out its mandate as the inter-communal violence continues in the country.

Ambassador Samantha Power of the United States says her country and the rest of the 15-member Council support the proposal to reinforce UNMISS by an additional 5,000 peacekeepers.

"We are eager to work with the Secretariat and troop contributing countries and other member states to ensure that the mission has the assets and resources that it needs to fulfil its mandate. To that end, the United States has just circulated a draft resolution responding to the Secretary-General's request that the Council increase UNMISS's troop ceiling." (19")

Ambassador Power stressed that the crisis in South Sudan "must be resolved through a negotiated solution of political differences."

She told reporters late on Monday that the United States special envoy Donald Booth has met with eleven detained opposition leaders in South Sudan who are "very open to ending the crisis through dialogue and reconciliation."

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration: 1’24″

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