Sudan says Ugandan rebel leader not on its territory

Sudan denied a recent United Nations Security Council assessment about the presence of the commander of Uganda's rebel Lord’s Resistance Army Joseph Kony on the Sudanese territories.

Sudan says Ugandan rebel leader not on its territory

World Bulletin/News Desk

Sudan on Wednesday denied a recent United Nations Security Council assessment about the presence of the commander of Uganda's rebel Lord’s Resistance Army Joseph Kony on the Sudanese territories.

"Sudan remained committed to fighting the Lord's Resistance Army for years," the Sudanese Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"Khartoum also signed an agreement with the Ugandan government in 2002 to open the door for tracking the Lord's Resistance Army on its own territory," it added, going on to say that the agreement has been renewed until 2011 when South Sudan seceded from Sudan.

On Monday, the Security Council urged Sudan and other nations to cooperate in capturing Lord’s Resistance Army commander Kony, after reports that he may be hiding in Kafia Kinji, a disputed area on Sudan’s southern frontier with South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

Ugandan used to be Sudan's southern neighbor before the secession of South Sudan in 2011.

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry said Sudan offered many sacrifices in its war against the Lord's Resistance Army, adding that its army and citizens continued to be targeted by the Ugandan rebels for a long time.

The Foreign Ministry went on to say that Sudan has been part of a regional bid to fight the Lord's Resistance Army since 2009.

Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court on counts of enslavement, murder, mutilation, pillaging, rape and other crimes.

The Lord's Resistance Army has been fighting against the Ugandan government since 1988.

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