JUBA South Sudan (Xinhua) --
South Sudan said Friday it has established a
working committee with its neighbor Uganda to settle ongoing
tension between border communities that have in the past dragged
in the military from both countries.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, said they were working to
solve the misunderstanding between the Acholi community in South
Sudan’s Magwi area of Torit State and the Acholi community of
Lamwo in northern Uganda over land that has turned into
“It has been
communal disagreement among the communities on both sides over
land. There was an encroachment on the side of South Sudan. The
two countries have set up committee to solve that,” Makol said
This came after
local leaders in the Lamwo district of Uganda on April 29
accused the South Sudan army (SPLA) of blocking road engineers
working on the Lamwo road connecting to South Sudan’s Eastern
In August 2015, more
than 200 gunmen from South Sudan’s Magwi County entered into
Uganda and were later flashed out by the Ugandan army (UPDF).
The two countries
are yet to resolve the land dispute in the Moyo area of Uganda,
bordering KajoKeji area of South Sudan with especially the Gbari
area being contested by both the Madi and Kuku ethnic groups.
The outbreak of
conflict has compromised South Sudan’s security along its porous
border points as millions of refugees have fled into neighboring
Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya and DR Congo.
descended into violence in December 2013 after political dispute
between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar
led to split within the SPLA, leaving soldiers to fight
alongside ethnic lines.
The 2015 peace
agreement to end the conflict was weakened after the outbreak of
renewed fighting in July 2016.