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UN asks Ugandan leader to mediate in South Sudan

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A Sudanese rebel from the Justice and Equality Movement investigates the scene in Ulang. PHOTO: Getty Images

"President (Yoweri) Museveni has been requested by the UN to mediate in that conflict," spokesman Ofwono Opondo said, adding that a Ugandan minister would join an east African mediation effort to South Sudan announced by the African Union.

OIL WORKERS IN SOUTH SUDAN FLEE TO UN BASE

Oil workers have sought protection at a UN base in South Sudan's Bentiu oil producing area, the

UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said, after a minister said crude output was unaffected by five days of conflict in the country.

"Oil workers are seeking protection at UNMISS compound in Bentiu, Unity State," the brief UNMISS statement said on its Twitter feed, adding that the U.N. mission was providing shelter to people in several other regions.

BRITAIN SENDS PLANE TO EVACUATE ITS NATIONALS FROM SOUTH SUDAN

Britain said on Thursday it had sent a plane to South Sudan to evacuate its nationals after five days of fighting between government forces and rebels which has killed up to 500 people.

Britain's Foreign Office said the aircraft was on its way to Juba, the capital of South Sudan, to collect any UK nationals who wanted to leave later on Thursday.

A spokesman said about 150 Britons from an estimated 500 in Juba had so far expressed an interest in leaving and those who remained were advised to stay at home and avoid travel.

Britain has also withdrawn all non-essential embassy staff, while keeping its mission in Juba open. It advises against all travel to the South Sudanese capital.

Government forces were battling rebels to keep a foothold in a flashpoint town on Thursday, in a widening conflict that may split South Sudan along ethnic lines and has prompted an east African bid to mediate.

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