Ugan­dan army to leave S/Su­dan

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ugan­dan troops will start leav­ing South Su­dan by the end of this week, ac­cord­ing to the head of the Ugan­dan force in the coun­try.

This was a key rebel de­mand dur­ing drawn-out talks which led to a peace deal in Au­gust. All for­eign forces were meant to have left by 10 Oc­to­ber.

Mean­while, a rebel leader has told the BBC the deal is un­likely to work and said he may take up arms again.

Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple have died since the civil war be­gan in 2013.

Uganda’s de­fence chief Gen Ka­tumba Wa­mala told the press that all sol­diers should be out by 1 Novem­ber.

Min­is­ter of State for For­eign Af­fairs Henry Okello Oryem added in a state­ment that Uganda’s in­ter­ven­tion “helped to stop what was likely to be the worst geno­cide in the re­gion”.

Uganda has not re­vealed how many troops it has in South Su­dan, where they are sup­port­ing the gov­ern­ment.

But they are sta­tioned in three bases: The in­ter­na­tional air­port in Juba; in Ne­situ just south of the cap­i­tal and at their big­gest base in the town of Bor, which is host­ing some 3,500 sol­diers.

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