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South Sudan expects Uganda’s backing against Khartoum


Uganda: A South Sudanese official said Monday that his government expects Uganda to play a substantial role in resolving the border conflict that has at times threatened to plunge South Sudan and Sudan into a full-scale war.

Barnaba Marial Benjamin, South Sudan’s information minister, told a news conference in Kampala that Uganda is obligated to stand by South Sudan as it pursues an end to a conflict that has shut down the country’s oil production and left it exposed to bombs dropped by Sudan’s air force.

“Uganda has a responsibility to stand by us,” he said.

“Uganda has a role to play. They have got to look after this baby.”

South Sudan voted to break off from Sudan and become the world’s youngest nation last year.
Uganda actively supported the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, the rebel movement that is now South Sudan’s military, and then played an important role in negotiations that led to a comprehensive peace agreement between the north and the south in 2005.

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