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South Sudan army readies offensive as UN calls emergency talks

Published on Dec 24, 2013 6:16 AM
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United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNAMIS) personnel guarding South Sudanese people displaced by recent fighting in Jabel, on the outskirts of capital Juba on Dec 23, 2013. South Sudan's army was poised for a major offensive against rebel forces, the President said on Monday, as the UN Security Council called for emergency talks in a bid to avert a slide towards civil war. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

JUBA, South Sudan (AFP) - South Sudan's army was poised for a major offensive against rebel forces, the President said on Monday, Dec 23, 2013, as the UN Security Council called for emergency talks in a bid to avert a slide towards civil war.

The French mission to the United Nations said the meeting, to begin at 5.00 pm (2200 GMT), would notably consider reinforcing the UN mission in the country (UNMISS).

UN chief Ban Ki Moon said earlier that he would ask for "additional troops, police and logistical assets", although he did not specify numbers.

The United Nations has warned that the situation in the world's youngest nation was fast unravelling, with hundreds of thousands of civilians now at risk.

 
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