UPDF Stay In South Sudan Extended

Ugandan troops will remain in South Sudan at least for another 4 months following a new status of forces agreement that extended their stay.

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The agreement, signed by the South Sudan army Chief General Kuol Manyang Juuk and the Ugandan Defence minister Crispus Kiyonga is expected to address the footing of bills for the continued stay of the UPDF in South Sudan.

The Force, which was sent into South Sudan days after fighting broke out in December, 2013 has been stationed in the capital Juba and Bor securing vital installations.

Initially, the UPDF had deployed a small force to secure Juba airport and create a safe passage for civilians to flee the conflict.

However, the South Sudan government signed a status of forces agreement with the force allowing more deployment in areas of Juba and Bor. It now maintains a 3000-man strong force.

In the agreement, the South Sudan government was footing fuel costs and paying for the compensation of UPDF artillery lost in the war.

Samuel Luate Lominsuk, the South Sudan ambassador to Uganda said that army officials from the South Sudan government were in Uganda together with cabinet ministers and governors and the new agreement was part of their agenda.

He however declined to reveal the contents of the document but requested for more time to ascertain the period extended on the UPDF stay in South Sudan.

UPDF official spokesperson Paddy Ankunda and Henry Obbo could not comment on the matter immediately.

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