U.S. seeks 'momentum' in deploying extra U.N

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta begin their bilateral talks at the State House in Kenya's capital Nairobi, Monday Aug. 22, 2016.

Mr Kerry was accompanied by the US Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, National Security Council Director for Africa Martis Flacks, US Special Envoy for South Sudan Amb.

"There is absolutely no question, and we did agree here with all the ministers that we need to move forward with the deployment of the UN protection force authorised by the UN Security Council in order to be part of the UN peacekeeping mission in that country".

Fighting that erupted in the capital last month killed hundreds amid widespread reports of rapes and other abuses and raised fears of a renewed civil war.

Kerry said the new force would only seek to improve security in Juba and allow for the implementation of a peace deal signed a year ago.

Despite joint efforts by the African Union forces and United Nations blue helmets overseeing security in the Somali capital Mogadishu, Al-Shabaab have still been able to mount deadly attacks against diplomats, global forces, and members of the Western-backed government.

U.S. seeks 'momentum' in deploying extra U.N
U.S. seeks 'momentum' in deploying extra U.N

Kerry said the force is "supplementary to the sovereignty and efforts of South Sudan itself, and I think we had a good clearing of the air in the discussions we had". The two focused on regional security and terrorism related issues of the continent.

Kerry also announced almost $138 million in humanitarian assistance from the United States to South Sudan, where a humanitarian crisis has worsened amid the recent turmoil.

He will also examine with Kenyatta global and African efforts to end the civil war in South Sudan.

The meeting agreed that the Government of South Sudan sends a delegation to Nairobi to deliberate on the subject.

South Sudan has in the past months been embroiled in a civil war that has seen the country's economic situation worsen as investors escaped the war. "They have to put the interests of their citizens first, and they have to refrain from violent and provocative acts", Kerry said.

Deng is strengthening his position after seizing the vice presidency from his old friend and ally Riek Machar who was forced to flee Juba during last month's fighting.

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