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Exiled South Sudanese call for UPDF withdrawal before talks resume


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

January 20, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan’s Nuer community in Ethiopia has called for an immediate and unconditional withdrawal of the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) from the country ahead of the resumption of a new round of peace talks between the rival SPLM factions.

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A contingent of soldiers from the Ugandan People’s Defence Force (Photo courtesy New Vision)

The president of the Nuer community in Ethiopia, Koat Gatkuoth Thoat Diu, told Sudan Tribune that Uganda’s continued refusal to withdraw its forces in South Sudan would remain a major obstruction to the peace process being mediated by Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

He urged IGAD, the international community to exert more pressure on Uganda to halt its military intervention in the young East African nation.

During an official visit to Ethiopia last month, Ugandan leader Yoweri Museveni said his troops would not pull out unless IGAD deploys a regional security force capable to replacing them.

Museveni argued that his decision was necessary to avoid a security vaccum.

“We didn’t go to south Sudan looking for [a] job. We deployed our troops because we have brothers there,” he said.

“We are not the problem in South Sudan and the problem is lack of peace among the South Sudanese people,” he added.

Uganda deployed its troops in South Sudan shortly after conflict erupted in December 2013 following a political dispute in the rival party (SPLM).

According to Museveni, troops are tasked with protecting civilians and public facilities from rebel attacks.

However, rebels have accused the UPDF of being actively involved in combat against opposition forces led by former vice-president Riek Machar, who is of Nuer ethnicity.

Rebel officials in Addis Ababa today told Sudan Tribune that Uganda’s continued defiance in response to repeated calls to withdraw from South Sudan will only jeopaerdise peace negotiations and further the suffering of the South Sudanese people.

Rebels also accuse the UPDF of taking part in targeted killings of ethnic Nuers alongside government forces and claim that Uganda is flouting an international ban on the use of cluster bombs.

Thousands have been killed as a result of the latest conflict in South Sudan, with about 1.9 million people also forced to flee their homes.

Ongoing peace negotiations in Ethiopia between the two warring SPLM factions have so far failed to yield a lasting political settlement to the crisis.

IGAD leaders are due to meet on 30 January to discuss the ongoing conflict in South Sudan.

Machar and South Sudanese president Salva Kiir have also been invited to attend the summit, in which both are expected to face renewed pressure from regional leaders to reach peace deal.


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  • 22 January 2015 06:47, by laatmachol apac

    President of Nuer community should know that what force him to exile is not the UPDF but idiot Dr.Riak. please tell your fellow Nuer to drop their gun and work for peace otherwise you will be in exile for one hundred decade.

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    • 22 January 2015 07:11, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      The number of Ugandan soldiers will be increase from 4000 to 12000 if you useless Nuer idiots never cease from making noises about their present. non of you except maybe Riek have the right to voice your concern about this military agreement.

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      • 22 January 2015 11:20, by Mr Point

        How long can Uganda afford to support Kiir’s War?

        * The UPDF deployment costs Uganda US$65 million.

        * Uganda harbours 125,000 refugees from South Sudan.

        * Uganda’s GDP growth has dropped 0.3% because of Kiir’s War.

        Read the facts in the Cost of War report page 17

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        • 22 January 2015 11:36, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          Cost and mission always go hand in hand,The national soldiers we fed,trained for the last 9 years turned out to be militia loyalists at our time of needs.ran away and killed us too, so their salaries will be diverted to Ugandan for good ten years as long as the war continues.

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  • 22 January 2015 07:07, by Chol A.

    Why are they barking in exile? You should come back to South Sudan and say it here otherwise you will all die in exile. By the way some native Nuer are in Ethiopia and it better to stay with them in Ethiopia please rather of being coward and shameful among South Sudanese community. Why you don’t talk of Sudan and Ethiopian army? Is becaus they are backing you? You are coward and stay cowardice

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    • 22 January 2015 07:34, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Nuer are the best,brave warriors in Eastern Africa as compared to Zulus of South Africa, I don’t understand why the present of Ugandan is worrying them this much.

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      • 22 January 2015 08:33, by Malakal county Simon

        Uganda interfering in South Sudan internal war is illegitimate which undermines Foolish Kiir government strengths...... This is what worries African countries and the world at large, leave alone Nuer community...... So the question is; Are you happy to give your rightful land,to the foreigners???Because this is the Uganda plan to occupy South Sudan indirectly if you don’t know yah traitors!!!

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        • 22 January 2015 11:48, by Lotodo Awino Odug

          Who cares---- about the Strength of Kiir’s government as long as you Nuer Scavengers are hollering your usual nonsense in foreign countries.We eat while you wither from hunger.

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    • 22 January 2015 07:35, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Nuer are the best,brave warriors in Eastern Africa as compared to Zulus of South Africa, I don’t understand why the present of Ugandan is worrying them this much.

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  • 22 January 2015 09:50, by Redeemer

    Mr. President of Nuer
    This is called military cooperation which exist over the world. Take over the government and terminate the deal and cooperate with the country of your choice. That is the only way out Mr. Rebel Civilian.

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