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South Sudan hints at keeping Ugandan troops despite peace deal

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August 31, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese government said on Monday that Uganda will not withdraw all its troops from the country as stated in the recently signed peace agreement with armed opposition, claiming the former was in the country at the behest of the latter on bilateral arrangement between two sovereign states.

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An unidentified man sits in the gun turret while leading a convoy of armoured vehicles from both the South Sudanese government forces and the Ugandan People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) in the streets of Jonglei capital Bor on 19 January 2014 (Photo: AP/Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin)

In some of the security provisions under transitional security arrangements of the new compromise peace deal signed between president Salva Kiir and armed opposition leader, Riek Machar, all foreign forces are required to leave the country within 45 days from signing of the agreement.

But Mawien Makol, South Sudanese spokesperson for the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation confirmed reports attributed to senior officials in the Ugandan government as saying their government and the country will instead continue to support and maintain some of its troops in the country as part of a bilateral agreement between the two countries.

“Of course in the agreement Ugandan People Defence Forces (UPDF) are supposed to leave after 45 days but before that, there was a bilateral agreement between Uganda and South Sudan. This agreement allows UPDF to come here and do the other works which is to pursue and cut down the activities of Lord Resistance Army (LRA). That thing stands there. It is not going anywhere,” Makol told reporters on Monday reiterating earlier comments asking when the Ugandan troops would withdraw.

The diplomat confirmed that reports quoting officials at the Ugandan ministry of foreign affairs were correct.

“If they leave within 45 days given in the agreement still we have to hold on [to] some of them. Not all of them will go. Some forces will have to remain in the country in accordance with the bilateral agreement. So the Ugandan officials are correct, their troops will be here to do the things that they have been doing before the war,” he said.

He explained Ugandan troops were in the country way back before the country descended into civil war, but many believe more troops were deployed in the country following the events of the December 2013 when political debates within the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) turned violent.

Ugandan senior officials made contradicting statements when their deputy foreign minister, Okello Oryem, reportedly said UPDF will not withdraw from South Sudan as it had no part in the agreement, but later on an explaining statement from the Ugandan ministry of defence said the deputy minister was misquoted and that UPDF will leave South Sudan within 45 days with exception AU contingent in Western Equatoria state.

The Ugandan contingent deployed to Western Equatoria state before the war broke out in December 2013 will remain per a previous arrangement under the African Union to hunt for the LRA.

(ST)

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  • 1 September 2015 07:42, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear Readers!!
    if Ugandan forces will leave South Sudan two things will happened either Ugandan will support Equatorian movement and destroy the Dinka Kingdom, or either M7 Will kill Kirr,
    you will mark my words, that is what make the Dinka government to stand firm because they fearing M7 to do so.

    Son of prophet currently
    in front line
    Pathay Jonglei State.

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    • 1 September 2015 17:05, by Hardlinner

      ngundeng, M7 and kiir depend on one another. M7 can never shoot himself at foot. so M7 and kiir can stand or go down together. I don’t personally support the present of Ugandans army but I do support the modernization of the army. buy them more attack hilcopters, jet fighters and air dependent system and they will be more effective than combination of them and Ugandans forces.

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  • 1 September 2015 07:48, by Konan

    Guys I told you long time back, Ugandan has a plan to stay in South Sudan forever, because Uganda is a poor country with no resources and needs Sudan to survive. It was hard to swallow the big Sudan but it is easy to do with small fragments. We know their next target is SK and BN. Don’t hide in shame occupation is occupation.

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    • 1 September 2015 09:50, by Kalo

      Konan,don,t involve Sk and BN into South Sudan affairs, leave them alone we have our own business with NCP ,shout up your rotten mouth.Son of Nuba.

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      • 1 September 2015 14:55, by Konan

        Uncle Kalo,

        You can move to South Sudan or Uganda nobody cares but you can not take SK with you...lol

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        • 1 September 2015 22:38, by Kalo

          NCP,Konan,Sk not belong to jalaba,we have right to chase you away from our land of ancestors northern states leave sk,stupid

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  • 1 September 2015 14:54, by LOJUBA

    Ugandans will leave , and those who though they are holding guns and ready to fight Nuer let them go ahead. Cowards with ugly mouths soon and very soon you will pay price of what your kingdom done. British and others conquer world but they are now just a history.

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    • 2 September 2015 03:29, by Khent

      Lojuba, you fool.

      Where were the Ugandans when we defeated the Nuer in retaliation for the 91 massacres? You idiots keep on whining about the presence of 3,000 Ugandan troops and claim that without the Ugandans the Dinka would lose despite the fact that we defeated them in the 90s when the Nuer had the SAF, PDF, Murahaleen, LRA, Fertit militias, Equatorial Defence force...

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      • 2 September 2015 03:30, by Khent

        ..Popular Resistance Movement/Army, the Didinga, Toposa, Mundari and Lotuka militias. We defeated Riek’s forces even while fighting the SAF which had 100, 000 fighters. The PDF had around 70, 000 men. Altogether this anti-Dinka alliance was composed of almost a quarter of a million fighters and you fools are complaining about 3, 000 Ugandan troops?

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        • 2 September 2015 03:32, by Khent

          Idiots like son of Ngudeng can’t explain why we were able to burn down all their counties in Jonglei following the Bor massacre when the Ugandans were nowhere to be seen; when the SAF was bombing us and attacking us with an entire army. We also had to grapple with more than a dozen different militia groups. Why didn’t they win at that point? All they do is huff and puff.

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