South Sudanese government urged to deal with root issues of conflict

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The government of South Sudan has been urged by the United Nations to deal with the root causes behind the ongoing conflict in order to bring peace to the country.

South Sudan is experiencing ongoing internal instability after forces loyal to the former Vice-President took up arms against the government in December last year.

Speaking in Juba at the end of a two day visit to South Sudan, the UN Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping operations, Herve Ladsous, said it was necessary to stop the fighting.

"We hope that this crisis can be overcome, first by achieving the cessation of hostilities that was signed on 23 January, but also by finding the ways and means to address the root causes of this terrible situation."

Extra peacekeeping troops are expected to be deployed to the UN Mission in South Sudan.

In December, the UN Security Council approved a temporary increase in personnel to more than 13,000 military and police.

Currently the combined strength is some 7,000.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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