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Uganda to send 700 troops to southern Sudan

4/6/2005 7:44am

KAMPALA, Uganda, Apr 5, 2005 (PANA) -- A battalion of 700 Ugandan troops will join the multinational force to oversee the power-sharing deal between the Khartoum government and Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement (SPLM) in the vast south of the East African nation.

Uganda army and defence spokesman Major Shaban Bantariza said here Tuesday that Uganda's decision to contribute troops was in response to a request from the United Nations.

The troops will be part of the over 10,000 troops and about 700 civilian police personnel to oversee security in southern Sudan after a peace agreement between the SPLM and Khartoum signed in Nairobi, Kenya, early this year to end a 23-year long civil war.

Uganda is currently training a big force of over 1,000 soldiers for deployment in Somalia to help in establishing a government in the Horn of Africa nation.

The East African nation also plans to send a small peacekeeping force to troubled Ivory Coast and Liberia, the army spokesman said.

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