Ghana To Send Troops To South Sudan
Ghana is to contribute a full battalion of 850 troops to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
Disclosing this at the Flagstaff House in Accra Tuesday, President John Dramani Mahama said the decision followed a request made to him by the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki Moon.
Speaking during a courtesy call on him at the seat of government by the Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the President said mobilisation of the troops had already started and pointed out that “We (Ghana) would want peace to prevail and normalcy return to South Sudan as soon as possible.”
The battalion would comprise 350 Ghanaian soldiers stationed in Cote d’Ivoire and an additional 500 in the country.
UN under pressure to protect lives
With the death toll in troubled South Sudan increasing as a result of the political and ethnic conflict, the UN is coming under pressure to enforce its peacekeeping mandate.
Already, the UN says more than 1000 people have been killed in the conflict in addition to other human rights abuses.
The Ethiopian minister has already had discussions with his host counterpart, Ms Hannah Tetteh on bilateral relations between the two countries.
He briefed President Mahama on the road to peace in South Sudan, in which Ethiopia is a key player.
President Mahama commended the Ethiopian government for the good work it was doing in the South Sudan situation and said Ghana equally had a sentimental attachment to the quest for a lasting peace in that country.
– Kwame Asare Boadu / Daily Graphic