U.S. seeks progress in deploying new U.N. troops to South Sudan

By Lesley Wroughton

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) flanked by Kenya's Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed (R) attends a meeting with Foreign Affairs Ministers from Eastern Africa in Kenya's capital Nairobi, August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) flanked by Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed (R) attends a meeting with Foreign Affairs Ministers from Eastern Africa in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

NAIROBI (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday he and regional states were committed to giving momentum to the planned deployment of extra U.N. troops to South Sudan and said the country’s leaders needed to recommit to a peace deal.

Fierce fighting in the capital Juba last month has raised fears that the five-year-old nation could slide back into civil war. It prompted the United Nations to authorize the deployment of 4,000 additional U.N. troops to bolster a U.N. mission there.

“We need to move forward with the deployment of a regional protection force,” Kerry told a news conference in Nairobi after talks with foreign ministers from Kenya and other African states that had focused on South Sudan and Somalia’s reconstruction. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

SOURCES: Reuters News Agency

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.