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Country to send more peacekeepers to South Sudan

  • Published at 02:45 pm December 2nd, 2016
  • Last updated at 07:01 pm December 2nd, 2016
Country to send more peacekeepers to South Sudan
According to a press release of Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN, the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) has recently requested the Bangladesh government to contribute with an infantry battalion for maintaining peace in the newly-born African country, reports BSS. The media release signed by Noorelahi Mina, the first secretary (press) of the Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN, said the government has promptly approved the request for the battalion composed of 850 personnel. "Necessary preparations are underway for the speedy and smooth deployment of the peacekeepers," it said, adding the battalion will be deployed within the shortest possible time to meet the immediate requirement in the troubled Wau area of South Sudan. The security situation in the country remains volatile - particularly in the Greater Equatorias, in parts of Unity, and Western Bahr el Ghazal states - with frequent outbreaks of violence resulting in civilian casualties and displacement in recent months. Since 2013, more than 50,000 people are reported to have been killed and millions displaced in South Sudan, which became independent from Sudan on July 9, 2011. Early last month, the country received a request for an engineering company of 260 personnel. Both the battalion and company are expected to be deployed under "United Nations Mission in South Sudan" (UNMISS). At present a total of 6,850 including 198 female Bangladeshi peacekeepers are deployed in 13 different peacekeeping missions. So far a total of 146,143 personnel of Bangladesh Armed Forces and Police have participated in 54 peacekeeping missions in 40 different countries.