South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar has held talks with Kenya’s leader in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. He was briefing President Uhuru Kenyatta on the latest moves to end the conflict in South Sudan where more than a million people have fled their homes since fighting erupted in December.
He signed a ceasefire agreement with his rival President Salva Kiir earlier this month, but fighting has continued.
South Sudan rebels reject UN protection of oil installations
South Sudanese rebels led by the former vice-president Riek Machar rejected on Thursday the use of United Nation peacekeepers to protect oil installations in the country, saying such a mandate would make the world body complicit in the 5-month conflict.
China is set to deploy an infantry battalion to South Sudan with the aim of strengthening the UN peacekeeping mission in the African country. UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Thursday that Beijing had agreed to send a “battalion” of 850 soldiers within the next few months.
He noted that the UN is expecting, in the next two weeks, “Ethiopian troops, additional Kenyan troops, and later, Chinese.” The world body has also been in the process of deploying a Rwandan battalion, according to Ladsous.