UN Council approves 6,000 more S.Sudan peacekeepers

AFP , Wednesday 25 Dec 2013

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UN peacekeepers from Bangladesh work in Juba, Sudan (Photo: Reuters)

The United Nations Security Council agreed on Tuesday to almost double the size of the peacekeeping force in troubled South Sudan, adding nearly 6,000 more soldiers and police.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon had called for the UNMISS force to be increased to counter a major outbreak of violence, and member states agreed to increase the military contingent to 12,500 troops. The police deployment will reach 1,323.

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