US Urges African Peacekeeping Forces to South Sudan

Carrie Dedrick | Thursday, May 1, 2014

US Urges African Peacekeeping Forces to South Sudan

The U.S. is urging African countries to send troops to South Sudan to keep the peace between ethnic groups. Violence in the nation has been raging for six months.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the peacekeeping forces were “absolutely critical” in the area.

“There are too many nations that risk falling into broad-based violence or remain embroiled in too much bloodshed,” Kerry said.

Officials from Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda are undecided in regards to an approach to stop the killing, but agreed aggressive force was necessary SRN News reports.

“There is an agreement that we have to be as aggressive as possible in order to have an impact on the ground in South Sudan,” Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros Adhanom said.

Details about the size of the force, and when the troops would enter South Sudan have not yet been released.

The nation has been in turmoil ever since South Sudan President Salva Kiir accused Vice President Riek Machar of attempting to overthrow the government in December 2013.


Publication date: May 1, 2014