S Sudan rebels say Uganda 'mercenaries' hurt peace

2014-01-20 14:21
South Sudanese troops loyal to President Salva Kiir pictured at Bor airport after they re-captured it from rebel forces. (Samir Bol, AFP)

South Sudanese troops loyal to President Salva Kiir pictured at Bor airport after they re-captured it from rebel forces. (Samir Bol, AFP)

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Kampala - The leader of rebels in South Sudan says he wants Ugandan troops to leave South Sudan and political detainees freed before he can commit to a deal with the government.

A Twitter account believed to be run by former Vice President Riek Machar posted on Monday that the presence of Ugandan "mercenaries" in South Sudan is an obstacle to a cease-fire agreement.

Both conditions are not likely to be met by the government of President Salva Kiir, who insists unrest across the country was sparked by a failed coup attempt in mid-December. He wants the political prisoners to face trial, and has sought the assistance of Uganda's military to fight the rebels.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said last week that some Ugandan troops have been killed and wounded.

- AP
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