UN seeks Pakistan support for South Sudan

ISLAMABAD: The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a part of his contacts with world leaders‚ seeking their support to bolster the capacity of UN peace-keeping mission in South Sudan.

In a statement, the UN Secretary-General’s spokesman said that Ban Ki-moon is endeavoring to add 5,500 troops to the 7,000 strong UN force in South Sudan to protect civilians from worsening violence in the country which has so far displaced tens of thousands of people.

The spokesman said that on the situation in South Sudan, the UN Secretary-General has been speaking to many leaders, reaching out for their support for bolstering the capacity of the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan to allow it to do its utmost to protect civilians and for stepping up efforts to find a political solution to the crisis.

Pakistan is the largest troop contributor to UN peacekeeping operations around the world.

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