ISLAMABAD – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has talked to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and several other leaders over phone sought 5,500 more troops to the 7,000-strong UN force in South Sudan to protect civilians from worsening violence in that country.
Spokesman of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
“On the situation in South Sudan, the Secretary-General has been speaking to many leaders, reaching out for their support for bolstering the capacity of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (UNMISS) to allow it to do its utmost to protect civilians and for stepping up efforts to find a political solution to the crisis,” the spokesman said in a statement.
Besides, the Pakistani leader, Ban has spoken with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission; Hailemariam Dessalegn, Chairperson of the African Union and Prime Minister of Ethiopia; Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; Joyce Hilda Mtila Banda, President of Malawi; Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of Tanzania; Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh; and Khil Raj Regmi, Prime Minister of Nepal.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has proposed reinforcing the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) with 5,500 more peacekeepers as well as additional assets. The mission currently has over 6,800 troops and police in the country.
Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the conflict, including some 45,000 now seeking protection at the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) bases.
Pakistan is the largest troop contributor to UN peacekeeping operations around the world.