Ban wants 5,500 more soldiers for UN mission in South Sudan
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council will likely send thousands of additional soldiers to violence-wracked South Sudan to reinforce its mission and help it better protect civilians, diplomats said on Monday.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has recommended the Security Council send 5,500 more soldiers and 423 extra police to reinforce the current deployment of nearly 7,000 soldiers, 700 police and 2,000 civilian employees.
The United States has proposed a resolution to that effect, which will be put to a vote by the 15-member council on Tuesday at 3pm (4am Wednesday Singapore time), said French envoy Gerard Araud, who currently presides over the body.
"There was a positive reaction of all member states of the Security Council" to the resolution, he said after emergency consultations were held Monday to consider Ban's request.