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JUBA - South Sudan denied reports from some of their own officers and the Ugandan army yesterday that 11 of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels have surrendered to authorities.
The Ugandan army and a south Sudanese officer who demanded anonymity had said on Saturday that the rebels had surrendered in western Sudan.
But south Sudanese army spokesman Kuol Diem Kuol denied any knowledge of the surrender. The rebels could not be reached for comment.
The LRA, whose brutal 20-year war in northern Uganda killed tens of thousands of people and forced 2 million to flee their homes, signed a ceasefire with Uganda last year at peace talks under south Sudanese mediation in Juba.
But LRA leader, Joseph Kony, and other top commanders have refused to leave eastern DRC and participate directly in talks, fearing arrest warrants for them in the International Criminal Court. They have instead appointed representatives.
Kuol said the UN special envoy for Uganda's conflict, former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano, was due to arrive in south Sudan today for a trip to the Sudan/Congo border to meet the LRA leadership. - Reuters