South Sudan's President Salva Kiir addresses delegates during the swearing-in ceremony of First Vice President Taban Deng Gai at the Presidential Palace in the capital of Juba, South Sudan, July 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jok Solomun
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South Sudan President Salva Kiir said Monday he is not opposed to the deployment of a strengthened U.N. force while expressing "very serious concerns" over the internationally-backed plan.On Friday the U.N. Security Council approved a U.S.-drafted resolution backed by regional bloc IGAD to strengthen the 12,000-person peacekeeping mission, known as UNMISS, with 4,000 additional troops drawn from regional armies and equipped with a more aggressive mandate.Kiir said he was "not instinctively or automatically" against the U.N.-mandated force but called for further "consultation and dialogue" and insisted sovereignty comes first, winning cheers from the assembled MPs in a parliament dominated by his loyalists.Without offering any details of how opposing factions might be reconciled, Kiir promised to create a single national army by May 2016 .
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