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South Sudan rejects increased UN peacekeeping force

AP , Wednesday 10 Aug 2016
South Sudan rejects increased UN peacekeeping force
(Photo: Reuters) United Nations peacekeepers patrol in the camp for displaced people inside the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Malakal, Upper Nile State, which is currently held by anti-government forces, March 4, 2014.
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South Sudan has rejected an American proposal at the U.N. Security Council to send 4,000 additional troops to South Sudan.

Government spokesperson Michael Makuei said Wednesday that the proposal "seriously undermines the sovereignty of the Republic of South Sudan as a U.N. member state."

Fighting in the capital, Juba, last month raised fears of a renewed civil war. Both the African Union and IGAD, an East African political body, have proposed sending additional peacekeepers into the country.

Makuei objected to the U.S. proposal that he says gives peacekeepers the ability to "engage in combat" and gives the U.N. the ability to "govern the republic of South Sudan."

Rebel leader Riek Machar fled during the latest fighting and says he will return only when regional peacekeepers secure the capital.

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