UPDF to start withdrawing from S. Sudan starting next week

Uganda will start withdrawing its forces from South Sudan next week.

This is according to the SPLA Deputy Chief-of- Staff for Logistics and head of the government delegation to the recent IGAD Security Workshop in Addis Ababa, Lt. General Ruben Malek.

UPDF troops were deployed in Juba and other hot spots of the country in December 2013, when the conflict broke out.

Lt. Gen Malek says this was resolved during the discussions last week between generals from both the government and the opposition sides, as part of the implementation of the peace agreement.

According to the agreement, all foreign forces allied to both the government and the opposition sides are supposed to leave the country within 45 days after the signing of the peace agreement.

Lt. General Malek says the timeline of their withdrawal is stated between 27th, up to 10th of October.

However, he says the UPDF forces deployed in Western Equatoria state will not be removed, because they are under a separate arrangement.