Internal reconciliation can be affected by "external intervention" in South Sudan

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aban Deng Gai, Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly's seventy-first session.
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Reconciliation between former foes in South Sudan could be negatively affected by external intervention, the First Vice President of the African country has said at the United Nations in New York.

Taban Deng was addressing world leaders in the annual debate of the UN General Assembly.

Charles Appel has more details.

South Sudan is recovering from almost three years of internal conflict which has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of people and forced some 2.6 million to flee their homes.

The conflict was caused after forces loyal to the former First Vice President took up arms against the government.

In August, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution which approves a 4,000-strong regional protection force to aid with security in the capital, Juba.

That would bring the number of peacekeepers serving with the UN mission in the country, UNMISS, to around 17,000.

Here's First Vice President Taban Deng.

"I want to assure this august house that our government has consented to Security Council resolution 2304 and its implementation is being discussed by us and UNMISS. My government's position is that we have to engage more with the UN on the details pertaining to the implementation of this resolution. This is to avoid delaying national healing and reconciliation. External intervention often affects negatively internal reconciliation."

The humanitarian situation in South Sudan remains precarious.

According to the UN, over five million people will be needing humanitarian assistance in 2016.

Charles Appel, United Nations

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