South Sudan – Kiir tries to defuse row over use of Ugandan troops

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Sudan Tribune

Juba attempts to diffuse diplomatic row over presence of Uganda troops


January 26, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s government attempted on Sunday to prevent further sourng of diplomatic relations with neighbouring countries over the deployment of Ugandan troops in the new nation since fighting broke out between rival members of its army in mid-December last year.

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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni (R) stands next to his South Sudan’s counterpart Salva Kiir (AFP/Getty Images)

After initial denials that the Ugandan People’s Defence Force (UPDF) was fighting alongside the South Sudanese army (SPLA), Kampala has admitted that it was involved in combat operations, and not just to secure Juba airport and help evacuate its nationals, as previously claimed.

The South Sudanese rebels who defected from the SPLA, say that Uganda’s military intervention was “fuelling the conflict” and have repeatedly cited UPDF presence in the country as the main reason – along…

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