Uganda to Start Pulling out Troops from War Torn South Sudan Next Week
September 22, 2015 (Nyamilepedia) – Ugandan government is to start withdrawal of it’s forces from South Sudan by next and complete by mid October according to latest agreement by both government and Armed Opposition officials at a security workshop in Ethiopia as part of the peace agreement implementation.
Speaking to media in Juba the Gen. Ruben Malek who is Deputy Chief of Staff for logistic said the warring parties have agreed during the workshop in Ethiopia that Ugandan troops will start withdrawal by 26th of October and complete by 10th of the same month.
“The timeline of their withdrawal is stated between 27th, up to 10th of October” Gen. Malek said that was the deadline agreed for UPDF withdrawal.
The IGAD Compromise Peace Agreement for resolution of the conflict in South Sudan requires all foreign forces previously involved in the conflict to be withdrawn to their respective countries of origin, that would include the UPDF and also Sudanese rebels mostly from war torn Darfur region who have both been fighting alongside President Kiir’s regime forces against the country’s Armed Opposition.
A senior General from the Armed Opposition also said the two warring parties reached agreement on withdrawal of Ugandan forces by 10th of October according to the senior commander, he however said the two sides failed to reach agreement on formation of the Presidential Guards and Joint Police Force for the capital Juba.
There has been disagreement over number of forces to be deployed in the capital, as the warring parties gave different figures for troops to be deployed, with Salva Kiir’s government calling for deployment of 17,000 forces for demilitarization of the capital Juba, but the armed opposition has rejected the figure calling it too high and not in spirit of demilitarization and peace building between the warring parties.
IGAD is believed to be preparing a final position for the security workshop on number of troops for both sides to adhere to, both sides have often failed to come to an agreement on any of the issues concerning the peace agreement.