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Uganda rules out military intervention in South Sudan

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February 2, 2017 (KAMPALA) – The Ugandan government has ruled out any move to militarily intervene in the South Sudanese conflict, saying its involvement could worsen the country’s security situation.

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Ugandan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Henry Oryem Okello (C) speaks to the press after a meeting with President al-Bashir in Kartoum on 20 June 2016 (ST Photo)

Uganda’s deputy foreign affairs minister, Henry Okello Oryem said interference in South Sudan’s issues would be opposed by the country’s leaders.

"I don’t think it’s a good idea," Oryem told Reuters on Wednesday.

"That’s a colonial mentality. If an attempt was made to have trusteeship in South Sudan, then I think even the [Riek] Machar’s side would resist it and fight it," he added.

South Sudan broke away from neighbouring Sudan in July 2011 after a referendum.

The Ugandan army joined the conflict in South Sudan soon after it began in December 2013, fighting on President Salva Kiir’s side against rebels led by Riek Machar, the nation’s ex-first vice president.

The Ugandan presence helped prevent the capital, Juba from falling into rebel hands. Ugandan troops pulled out late last year.

In August 2015, an internationally brokered peace deal restored some calm, although that broke down in July last year with heavy fighting between the rival forces in Juba, after which an injured Machar managed to flee to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Minister Oryem, however, said Uganda was misunderstood by the international community when it intervened in South Sudan after violence broke out in December 2013.

"We’ve told them we are not going to go back," he said, adding "Uganda has no more interest in sending its troops and boys to South Sudan."

South Sudan has experienced violence since December 2013 when political disagreements between President Kiir and Machar saw the nation split along ethnic lines. Tens of thousands of people have since been killed and millions displaced in South Sudan’s worst violence since its independence.

(ST)

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  • 3 February 08:12, by nuer food lovers

    south sudan a country under the warlord.
    1-SPLM-FD Wanshington as trong hold under Pagan Amum
    2-SPLM_IO Riek machar Pagak and Pretoria strong hold.
    3-SPLM_IO Taban Deng Gai Crown Hotel Strong Hold.
    4-SPLM_Gogrial Kiir Mayardit and Malual Madut. J1 strong hold.
    5-SPLM_Awiel Malong Awan and Aldo Ajou Bilpham stronghold.
    7-Bul of mankien militias Puljang and Monytuil Mankien Strong hold,
    >>>>>>>>>>>

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    • 3 February 08:20, by nuer food lovers

      8-Agwelek -Olony and Lam Akol..Wendakona strong hold.
      9-C0bra faction1 David YawYaw juba strong hold.
      10-Cobra faction2 Butrous khalid Boma strong hold.
      11-Equatoria factions under numerus militias and bandit.
      and we are sitting always sipping tea under mangoes trees while Uganda is looting our resources..kiir mayar will be remember in south sudanese for conceding and surrending our country

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    • 3 February 08:38, by Malakal county Simon

      They have died have for nothing and now they learn the lesson that Sudan South is not like congo or money lovers Kenyans!!!!!!

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      • 3 February 08:41, by Malakal county Simon

        They must also have learnt that South Sudan without the (Nuers) the strong pillar of the nation, there is no South Sudan too!!!!!!

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  • 3 February 08:18, by White Nation

    People of Uganda now you are talking like people who can unit people as one region, because all South Sudanese people are not happy with your army intervention or your involvement in the conflict of South Sudan in 2013 because it is not accepted by others tribes, excepted Dinkia who want all resources of South Sudan to rich themselves. So your are appreciated and go head with your decision.

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  • 3 February 08:33, by Wani Gatkuoth Odhong

    South Sudan under former warlords of former militia of SPLM/A which splited into more than 10 terrorist organizations through tow Sudan.
    SPLM In J1
    SPLM in Crown Hotel
    SPLM in Fashoda under Gen, Olwiny
    SPLM IN Pagak
    SPLM IN PRETORIA
    SPLM FD in Wasgington
    SPLM FD in Juba under Deng Alor
    SPLM IO under Gatdet
    SPLM - N in Nuba Mountain and Blue Nile
    SPLM - N peace wing under Tabisa Butrus and Kodi

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    • 3 February 08:51, by nuer food lovers

      Wani Gatkuoth Odhong are you trying to oppose me or what are you trying to put across here? am talking of south sudan only.. otherwise SPLA_North have a cause to fight compare to our warlord in south sudan who are after money only..
      spearheaded by Bona malual madut fulfilment of 2001-2004 evil deed against our christmatic leader Dr.John Garang..here is the south sudan..

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  • 3 February 08:37, by Bilpam- 2

    Kah Ngoth.Keep your dirty hands away from our country affairs.We will soon tackle the situation.

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  • 3 February 09:07, by Nuer is the Same Like Isreal People to God.

    Uganda troops they got the serious lesson from Freedom fighter SPLM IO Viva , now we are going to give another lesson to Kenya lovers moneys we will never forgive while they are all Cow wards.

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    • 3 February 09:58, by Kush Natives

      Nuer is the Same Like Isreal People to God.

      I think you just registered today! isn’t? Otherwise, revisit your comparison. Israelis have never left their dwellers. But, Nuer did. So, what’s the hell are you lying here for?

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      • 3 February 10:46, by Malakal county Simon

        Israeli fought against all Arab Golf States, and the Nuer tribe fought against all South Sudan tribes including Ugandan army and Sudanese mercinaries...... I hope your confusion has been answered!!!!!!

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        • 4 February 08:59, by Mayom County Troops

          Uganda After what ?
          suppose you can stay away since our crisis took place
          but you involve to it ,how can you announce such announcement like this ,while many people died because of your support to our crisis

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  • 3 February 11:19, by Cienzhiel Lual and Lul

    stupid kush

    massacre of nuer ethnic group by jienges militias in juba is shame when nuer defeat you, kiir exchange her anus for troops in uganda.

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    • 3 February 11:33, by Juba Lira

      WISE White Man Saying about Nuer
      1.. if you recruit them into Army, let them be 4 and less in Platoon (pacila of 35 people)
      2..Don’t promote Nuer to be Captain, only 1st Lt and retired them there, because if you promote them to reach captain, they will be rebels like what they are doing now in South Sudan
      3—Don’t allow them to work in Hospitals, they have bad heart so they will kill patients

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    • 4 February 09:28, by 2moro

      Have you really reached the maturity age? Uganda made this decision because of your suffering or you want UPDF to continue to stay in Juba? it is cool if it is what pleases you. This is time for peace whether you like it or not, Vice-president Taban is continuing with the implementation of peace agreement. The revival of peace agreement that most of you talk about is just a nightmare because somet

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  • 3 February 12:43, by Nasir

    Look! Ugandan realized that their intervention in South Sudan conflict has resulted as great losses to them.
    Tell your Brother kirr to resign otherwise he will be in danger in this year.
    Wise decision now but make sure that "NO MATTER WHAT, WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AS OUR ENEMY". I promise!
    ViVa Viva,......

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  • 3 February 12:49, by Nasir

    Look! Ugandan realized that their intervention in South Sudan conflict has resulted as great losses to them.
    Tell your Brother KILLER to resign otherwise he will be in danger in this year.
    Wise decision now but make sure that "NO MATTER WHAT, WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU AS OUR ENEMY". I promise!
    ViVa Viva.

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  • 3 February 21:05, by Work force

    You have already fulfilled your mission by killing the innocent civilians remember that God will reward you whatever you done with your friends in Government

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  • 4 February 06:13, by Theallseeingeye

    "people in glass house shouldn’t throw stones", M7 is the first one who started this himself when he ininvolved the UPDF in southsudan’s internal even without perlimental approval. But now he started to tremble when Lucifer (😈) is preparing to come in with a deceptive move. Why burther anyway we southsudanese have witnessed the worst already I personally invite them in. Because I break heart to

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  • 4 February 06:38, by Theallseeingeye

    Cont..
    Because it breaks heart to see treasures being thrown into the monkeys cage that’s why the west are coming to collect as much as they can lay hands on and carry with them so that those M7 and all Africans(who are still at stage of early baboon) who have not yet develop into sensible human beings would be left
    with nothing buts guns in their hands to wipe each other.. The eye is seeing yo

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  • 6 February 09:04, by hamil

    The only reason Uganda won’t send troops to South Sudan is because South Sudan government is now broke.....it can’t afford to pay the $300 paid per soldier per day in the conflict days of 2013 and 2014. The oilfields are in danger of being raided by rebels, this is not a certainty but you never know. Museveni is an economist by academic qualification you pay him and he gives you what you want.

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  • 6 February 09:11, by hamil

    Uganda has milked South Sudan to oblivion and this is the price of having uneducated morons at the helm of leadershi ,Museeveni has screwed DR Congo in the same way when he sent troops to hunt down the LRA rebels instead of hunting rebels they resorted to hunting Congo’s minerals luckily the Kabila government realized this filthy act and asked the Ugandan solders to leave DRC.

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  • 6 February 09:16, by hamil

    Museveni has toyed with Salva Kiir ever since this war started and if given the chance he could still toy with him as long as there is dollars to pay his soldiers. South Sudan is a rich country that has been turned into a poor one because it has the wrong people leading it.

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