Kerry urges deployment of South Sudan ‘protection force’

US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Monday for the deployment of a 4,000-strong "protection force" to bolster the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.

"There is absolutely no question that we need to move forward with the deployment of the regional protection force authorised by the UN Security Council," Kerry said after meeting with five regional foreign ministers in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed urged a speedy deployment. "When should it be there? Sooner rather than later," she said.

The 4,000 new troops will join 12,000 already deployed as part of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Source: National News Agency

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