Peacekeeping reinforcements arrive in South Sudan

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Nepalese peacekeepers

The first peacekeepers have arrived in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, as part of a reinforcement programme for the United Nations mission there.

The group of 25 Nepalese soldiers was deployed from the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

Three-hundred and fifty more Nepalese troops will arrive from Haiti by the end of the month. Another 500 soldiers are due to come directly from the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu.

The increase in peacekeepers was mandated by the UN Security Council following an upsurge in fighting in South Sudan.

Discussions are underway for additional troops from countries including Ghana, Rwanda, India, Tanzania and Bangladesh to join the UNMISS force.

Earlier in January, UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous said the 5,500-strong surge in peacekeepers and equipment for South Sudan could take up to eight weeks to be fully deployed on the ground.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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