A United Nations Security Council delegation arrived in South Sudan, three weeks after the body approved 4,000 extra regional peacekeepers for the country, where resurgent violence has threatened a return to all-out civil war.
The group will meet with President Salva Kiir and other members of government during the three-day visit to discuss issues including the UN mission’s new mandate, the UN said in a statement.
The council on Aug. 12 voted to renew the UN mission and increase the number of peacekeepers deployed in the oil-producing country to about 17,000. The UN says it will consider an arms embargo if South Sudanese authorities obstruct the force.
Civil war that began in December 2013 in Africa’s newest nation has claimed the lives of tens of thousands of people and forced 2 million from their homes. The UN vote came in the aftermath of renewed violence in the capital, Juba, that killed hundreds in early July and threw into turmoil a transitional government designed to end the violence.
Then-Vice President Riek Machar and his forces fled the city. Machar, who’s currently in neighboring Sudan, has said he will only return to Juba if regional forces are deployed.