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23 May 2002 No 15
Sudan Extends Kony Operation
New Vision May 23, 2002
The Sudan government has extended up to end of June, the period for UPDFs operation "Iron Fist" against Kony rebels in Sudan, the army spokesman, Major Shaban Bantariza, said yesterday.
He said, "This extension is subject to changes when defence ministers of both countries meet soon. Under the terms of the March agreement, the ministers were to meet regularly to review the protocol."
The head of the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Lt. Col. Noble Mayombo, who was in Khartoum to re-negotiate the protocol, returned yesterday.
Sudan, in March agreed to allow Ugandan troops on its soil for 30 days to destroy LRA bases. It then agreed to an extension of 30 days more, which expired on May 19, 2002.
The acting army commander,
Maj. Gen. James Kazini, was quoted as saying the rebels were now surrounded,
[where they fled to the Imatong mountains in the south east].
A Catholic Church missionary news agency said earlier this month that the LRA had killed more than 470 Sudanese civilians [ ] between April 27 and May 3 Ends
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