Uganda: April 27, 2003


Uganda had withdrawn 1,650 troops from the Congo, with only heavy equipment and their guards left to take a three-week long drive home from Bunia. Considering that some of these troops hadn't been home in five years, they would probably be demobilized. Meanwhile, the buildup against the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army)  continues. In northern Uganda, three new battalions were deployed in Kitgum and Pader districts under the command of the 5th Infantry Division. However, the Ugandan vacuum hasn't been filled and MONUC officials said they were not ready to take over the security of Bunia town, which is already being eyed by the Lendu and UPC militias. Only 200 Uruguayan peacekeepers are in the town. - Adam Geibel


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