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Ugandan Troops Enter South Sudan Territory Amid Border Dispute

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ugandan troops enter south sudan territory amid border dispute
ugandan troops enter south sudan territory amid border dispute
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Juba – South Sudanese military officials are calling for a diplomatic resolution to the border dispute with Uganda. Major General Lul Ruai Koang, spokesperson for the South Sudanese army, has suggested that both countries should address the matter through the joint border committee established for this purpose.

Recent reports from authorities in the Kajo-Keji district, located in the southern part of Central Equatoria state, indicated that Ugandan troops had entered South Sudanese territory and allegedly established a military camp there. This border area has historically seen cross-border movement, especially during the Sudanese civil wars prior to South Sudan’s independence.

However, the lack of a defined border after South Sudan’s independence has led to tensions and conflicts, particularly over control of the fertile Sunyu region. These tensions have escalated between the South Sudanese Kuku and the Ugandan Ma’dí border communities, resulting in violent clashes, with the deadliest occurring in 2014, leaving at least 20 people dead and 200 homes destroyed.

Recent reports suggest that border conflicts persist between the two countries’ communities, particularly along the Magwi district (South Sudan) and Lamwo district (Uganda) border points. Despite a memorandum of understanding signed in December 2015 to ease border tensions and demarcate the disputed 470-kilometer border, little progress has been made.

In an effort to ease tensions, the Ugandan ambassador in Juba presented a nine-point plan, focusing on aiding South Sudan’s economic recovery by strengthening education and health services and attracting foreign investment to diversify the nation’s economy, which is currently highly dependent on oil exports.

Meanwhile, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir is currently in Moscow, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The discussions centered on the Sudanese civil war and expanding bilateral relations in various sectors such as economics, development, trade, energy, and education.