UK to send peacekeeping troops to South Sudan

New York, September 27, 2015 (SSNA) — The government of the United Kingdom is ready to deploy troops to South Sudan and Somalia as part of United Nations peacekeeping missions in volatile regions, UN diplomatic sources have confirmed.

UK’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, is expected to announce and outline for his government decision to send troops to South Sudan and Somalia on Monday, September 28, 2015, at the United Nations.

The announcement will include an initial number of at least 250 troops to be deployed and that the soldiers will be tasked to deal with combat training and engineering advice.

Other countries are also expected to make contribution on Monday.

A confidential source at the UN disclosed to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) that the United States has not been happy after some unnamed countries attempted to lobby other nations to oppose any sanction against South Sudan although the source did not name countries that are lobbying against sanctions.

But on September 15, Russia, Angola, and Venezuela blocked UN sanctions against South Sudan with Russia asserting that any punitive measure against the young nation could “aggravates the situation.”

On the 17th of September, the SSNA was informed by a diplomatic source that the government of the United Kingdom has decided to contribute troops for UN missions in South Sudan. However, the source did not said when or where Britain will announce its decision.

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