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UN Extends Peacekeeping Mission In South Sudan For A Year

The UN Security Council has unanimously passed a draft resolution extending its peacekeeping mission in violence-plagued South Sudan by a year.

The US-drafted resolution calls for both sides to adhere to a peace deal signed in August 2015 and that UN peacekeepers do more to prevent and respond to sexual violence in the country.

In a vote of 15-0, council members called Friday for creation of a 4 000-troop Regional Protection Force in addition to the about 13 000 peacekeepers already there.

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Two years after the African country’s independence from neighbouring Sudan in 2011, South Sudan was plunged into ethnic violence when forces loyal to President Salva Kiir, a Dinka, started battling those loyal to Riek Machar, his former vice president and a Nuer.

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