John Kerry keen on deployment of extra troops into South Sudan


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US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he and regional states are committed to giving momentum to the planned deployment of a protection force in South Sudan.

Kerry was speaking in Kenya after holding a meeting with reginal ministers on the violence in the world’s youngest nation.

South Sudan experienced heavy fighting in the capital last month, killing close to 300 people and forcing thousands others to flee to neighbouring countries.

This latest violence prompted the United Nations to authorize the deployment of a 4,000-strong protection force to bolster the UN mission there.

Kerry said regional states, which have pushed for sending the new troops to help South Sudan’s 12,000-strong U.N. mission UNMISS, had agreed on “the immediate implementation process” of meetings and steps to “guarantee some momentum builds up.”

Following the violence last month, Riek Machar fled the capital with his troops, and President Salva Kiir replaced him with Taban Deng as first vice president.

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