Large UN force for southern Sudan

An international force of almost 10,000 could be deployed in southern Sudan by August after last week’s peace deal.

The head of the United Nations in Sudan says he hopes they will start arriving in March once the UN Security Council approves the mission. “We are going to propose 9,000 troops, plus military observers, to be spread throughout south Sudan,” he said. Their task will be to monitor a ceasefire, but he did not indicate where troops might come from. Full Story

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