South Sudan to get new international peacekeeping force
Written by Morenike Adebayo on August 6, 2016
South Sudan’s government has agreed to let in a new international protection force to try to save a peace deal. Ethnic clashes last month left at least three hundred people dead and threatened to revive a civil war that has killed tens of thousands.
A twelve thousand-strong UN mission in South Sudan was unable to prevent attacks.
The announcement was made by the East African regional body, Igad, and confirmed by South Sudan cabinet minister Dr Martin Elia Lomuro. President Salva Kiir had previously dismissed the idea of an additional force.
The proposal for a new unit in South Sudan was backed by the African Union and discussed at a meeting in Ethiopia of Igad – the Intergovernmental Authority on Development. But much of the details of the force remain unclear.
Igad sources have suggested a new force should have a more far-reaching mandate than the existing peacekeeping mission. But after the meeting, South Sudan’s Minister of Cabinet Affairs Martin Elia Lomuro said further talks are needed to discuss the mandate, size and timeline for any force.