South Sudan: Security Council votes to send more peacekeepers

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UNMISS peacekeepers have been assisting displaced civilians in South Sudan by providing protection, building sanitation facilities and giving medical support. Photo: UNMISS

In an effort to defuse the crisis in South Sudan, the Secretary-General has called for more boots on the ground to boost the UN mission's protection capacity.

The request for reinforcements includes aviation assets and force multipliers. The crisis is reported to have started on 15 December and has now spread to several other states.

Members of the Security Council on Tuesday held an emergency, closed-door session to study a draft resolution circulated by the United States.

President of the Security Council and French Ambassador to the UN, Gérard Araud, warns the security and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan threaten the stability of the country and of the region.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

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