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UN Security Council wants peacekeeping drones in South Sudan, which rejects them

The U.N. Security Council is urging the use of unarmed drones in the peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, but the government there says that could cause "disagreement and hostility" as a peace deal tries to take hold.

The council on Friday adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution requesting the U.N. secretary-general to "prioritize" the deployment of remaining troops, plus helicopters and drones.

But deploying the drones — even getting them into South Sudan — needs government consent.

Ambassador Francis Deng told the council that requesting drones without consulting his government is "to invite controversy."

South Sudan's rival sides signed a peace deal in August, but numerous cease-fire violations have been reported. Each side blames the other for the violations.

The council resolution also extends the peacekeeping mission's mandate until Dec. 15.