South Sudan rejects 4,000 additional UN troops

It says the blue helmets will seriously undermine its sovereignty and threatens a return to colonialism.

FILE: Displaced people residing in the United Nations Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, South Sudan demonstrate against the violence in the camp in front UN police officers and a UN delegation on February 26, 2016. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - South Sudan's rejected a United States proposal for the United Nations (UN) Security Council to send 4,000 additional troops to restore calm in the troubled country.

It says the blue helmets will seriously undermine its sovereignty and threatens a return to colonialism.

South Sudan's government spokesman Michael Makuei says the proposed size and tougher mandate for the UN peacekeepers give them the ability to govern.

The UN Security Council will vote tomorrow on the proposal calling for a vote on an arms embargo on South Sudan if Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reports within a month that authorities have blocked the regional force.

The proposal would allow the UN and African Union temporarily to administer the country after fighting broke out once again raising fears of a renewed civil war.