Uganda troops begin South Sudan pull-out

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Uganda’s army has begun its pull-out from neighbouring South Sudan, in line with a peace deal aimed at ending nearly two years of civil war, an official said on Tuesday.

Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni deployed troops to South Sudan in support of President Salva Kiir, who is fighting rebels led by former deputy president Riek Machar.

The Ugandan soldiers have played key roles in defending the capital Juba and have used helicopter gunships to fend off rebel attacks elsewhere in the country.

Last year the United Nations accused the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) of using outlawed cluster munitions in South Sudan, a charge denied by Uganda.

As part of a peace deal, mediated by regional bloc IGAD and signed in Addis Ababa in August by Kiir and Machar, the Ugandan soldiers were supposed to leave South Sudan at the weekend, but that deadline was missed.