UN considers increasing force in south Sudan

October 25, 2010 20:57


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UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations is considering increasing its force in high-risk areas along southern Sudan's border with the government-controlled north ahead of a crucial independence referendum.

But UN peacekeeping chief Alain Le Roy warned the Security Council Monday that a beefed-up UN force would not be able to prevent or contain a north-south clash.

He said the best tool to prevent a return to civil war is to promote agreement between the two sides on key outstanding issues that include borders, voting rights and control of oil-rich Abyei ahead of the Jan. 9 referendum.

Sudan's UN Ambassador Dafa Alla echoed this view, saying increasing the U.N. force will not help the parties achieve a settlement.

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