Dutch may join UN mission in South Sudan

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The Dutch government is considering whether the Netherlands can and should make a contribution to the United Nations UNMISS mission to South Sudan, which became an independent country on 9 July.

The Netherlands took part in the former UN mission from April 2006. This policed the 2005 peace accord between North and South Sudan.

Not all roses Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal says the structure of the new mission resembles that of the last one, in which 12 military observers, 15 police trainers and a number of other officials from the Netherlands were latterly involved.

Last week, he told the South Sudanese government envoy that it “hadn’t been all roses” there since independence. He went on to say that “a Dutch contribution to the international efforts to ensure the 193rd state was a success wouldn’t be misplaced”.

Fighting Meanwhile, there have been reports of fighting in South Sudan. At least, 38 people were killed in clashes between two tribes in the Jonglei region on Thursday. Some people were injured and the death toll may increase. Disputes over land and cattle often result in violence between different ethnic groups in Jonglei.

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