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South Sudan yet to act on extra peacekeepers agreement - UN

South Sudan yet to act on extra peacekeepers agreement - UN

South Sudan

The United Nations has said that South Sudan is has yet to act on an agreement that would see the deployment of more peacekeepers in the country.

UN peacekeeping chief, Herve Ladsous, made the announcement on Wednesday after briefing the Security Council that the pledge has not been enacted upon at all.

Earlier this month, President Salva Kiir agreed to accept 4000 extra peacekeepers as part of the UN peacekeeping mission or risk facing an arms embargo.

But other UN officials like Russian Deputy U.N. Ambassador Petr Illichev, have warned that this move could harm the peace efforts and that South Sudan should be given at least a month before it implements the agreement.

In a statement, the UN Security Council has called on the South Sudanese government to abide by its commitments and start acting upon them immediately.

The council has also raised concerns on statements made by some members of the government which are not in accordance to the commitment made just 10 days ago.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said Washington will support an embargo if Kiir’s government does not implement its commitments.

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