Con­flict: African Union ap­proves re­gional force

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African lead­ers have backed plans to de­ploy re­gional troops to South Su­dan af­ter re­cent fight­ing be­tween ri­val forces left hun­dreds of peo­ple dead.

Sol­diers for the African Union (AU) force are to come from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Su­dan and Uganda.

A 12,000-strong UN peace­keep­ing force is al­ready in the coun­try, but the AU force would have a stronger man­date, of­fi­cials say.

South Su­dan's gov­ern­ment says it is op­posed the de­ploy­ment of the force.

"We are not ready for a de­ploy­ment of even a sin­gle ad­di­tional sol­dier," South Su­dan's In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter, Michael Makuei Lueth, said. "That does not solve the prob­lem."

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