March 14, 2014

UPDF To Withdraw From S. Sudan When IGAD Force Arrives

Army Spokesman Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda.
Army Spokesman Lt. Col Paddy Ankunda.

The Uganda Peoples Defense Forces’ spokesman, Lt. Colonel Paddy Ankunda says the army will pull out of South Sudan when the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s forces arrives in the country.

He revealed this Friday on social media.

His revelation comes a day after East African leaders under IGAD agreed to send troops to conflict-hit South Sudan to help enforce a ceasefire deal between the government of President Salva Kiir and rebels led by his ex-deputy.

The decision was made after leaders from the East African bloc, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), convened in Addis Ababa on Thursday.

Under the agreement, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi and Rwanda will send troops to South Sudan while Djibouti is also expected to join the mission. The force will seek logistical support from the African Union and the United Nations Security Council.

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