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IGAD announces approval of military force for South Sudan

22 January 2014, 16:10

Nairobi - East African nations have approved a 5,500-strong military force for war-torn South Sudan to end weeks of bitter fighting that has devastated the young nation.

"The Security Council within IGAD has already adopted a resolution allowing 5,500 troops into South Sudan," Foreign affairs cabinet secretary Amina Mohammed told reporters, referring to the seven-member Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

Uganda, an IGAD- member, has already sent troops to South Sudan on its own.

The announcement comes as the conflict, which is now in it's fifth week continues to rage on despite the threat of civil war and thousands of deaths.

There have been several peace talks held in Ethiopia but a long lasting and fruitful solution to the conflict is yet to be found.



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