Ugandan army to leave S/Sudan
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.