UN extends South Sudan peacekeeping mission

The United Nations Security Council extended a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan on Friday until Aug. 12 as reports showed renewed violence in the south of the country.

Reacting to the renewed clashes, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Security Council to fortify the peacekeeping mission.

SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): BAN KI-MOON, United Nations secretary-general
“South Sudan remains precariously poised on the brink of an abyss. The promises of the new State for peace, justice and opportunity have been squandered. I am appalled by the scale of sexual violence documented by our Human Rights teams. We demand accountability for all atrocities and that the leaders of South Sudan commit to the peace process.”

South Sudan descended into civil war after President Salva Kiir fired Riek Machar as vice president in 2013. The pair agreed a peace deal in August but implementation has been slow.

Heavy fighting erupted in South Sudan’s capital Juba for several days this month between troops loyal to Kiir and those backing Machar.

At least 272 people were killed, including 33 civilians.

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