Dec. 24 - U.N. votes to double the number of U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan as violence pushes the world's newest state to the verge of civil war. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The U.N. Security Council approves plans on Tuesday to almost double the number of U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan. Violence is pushing the world's newest state to the verge of civil war. The council unanimously authorized a request by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to boost the the U.N. mission to 12,500 troops and more than 1,300 police. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL BAN KI MOON, SAYING: "I welcome today's resolution calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities, and opening of dialogue, demanding that all parties cooperate fully, and authorizing the temporary strengthening of protection capacities with additional troops police, and logistical assets from other U.N. Missions." Scores are feared dead and thousands have been displaced since violence erupted in the capital Dec.15 and quickly spread. Western powers and east African states, keen to prevent more chaos in a fragile region, have tried to mediate between the President and his former vice president -- now at odds. South Sudan seceded from Sudan in 2011 under a peace agreement to end decades of war in what was Africa's biggest state.