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Uganda Drops SPLA Support

Uganda has stopped providing military support or intelligence information to the southern Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) rebels. A protocol signed between the two countries in Khartoum over the weekend said SPLA officers would not be allowed to carry arms while in Uganda. This is in return for Sudan’s commitment to flush out the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels of Joseph Kony from their rear bases in southern Sudan. “Uganda will not train the SPLA or any other dissident force for the purpose of fighting the government of Sudan or allow them to plan or prepare to wage war or hostile propaganda against Sudan from Uganda,” the UPDF spokesman, Maj. Shaban Bantariza, said in a statement yesterday. After a meeting between Defence minister Amama Mbabazi and his Sudanese counterpart Maj. Gen. Bakir Hassan Saleh, Sudan renewed the protocol allowing UPDF operations in Sudan for four months, ending May 31. The last protocol expired on January 31. Sirajudin Hamid Yousuf, the Sudanese ambassador in Kampala, last month said although relations between the two countries had improved, Khartoum was still unhappy about Uganda’s perceived failure to make a “meaningful commitment” to stem support for the SPLA. Full Story

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