Security Council decides to reinforce UN Mission in South Sudan

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The Security Council has decided to reinforce the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as ethnic clashes displace thousands of people in the new country.

In a resolution unanimously adopted on Tuesday afternoon, the Council decided to increase the strength of UNMISS from its current over 6, 800 troops and police to more than 12,000 peacekeepers.

The decision follows a request by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who said he is determined to ensure that UNMISS has the means to protect civilians.

Mr. Ban addressed the Council following its decision.

"Let me begin by thanking the Security Council for its action and engagement to address the mounting crisis in South Sudan. We are all deeply troubled by the events that have unfolded in recent days. There are reports of ethnically targeted violence, including extra-judicial killings and mass graves. The displacement of civilians is growing and spreading, with some 45,000 people seeking protection at the bases of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)." (31")

The Security Council calls on the warring parties in South Sudan to immediately stop fighting and start a dialogue.

It also demands that they cooperate fully with UNMISS as it implements its mandate, in particular the protection of civilians.

The Council stresses that efforts to undermine the ability of UNMISS to implement its mandate and attacks on United Nations personnel will not be tolerated.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

Duration: 1’27″

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