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    Reports the Sudanese troops have been sent to help President Idi Amin in Uganda were flatly denied on Tuesday (3 April) by Sudan's embassy in Kenya.

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    GV Nairobi street.

    MV Sudanese flag on embassy.

    CU Sudanese counsellor Angelo Voga speaking in English.

    CU Voga and members of delegation.

    CU voga continuing to speak.

    VOGA: "Sudanese Army personnel cannot engage in fighting unless ordered by the President, and I should like to state here categorically, therefore, that what was reported by the Nairobi Times is absolutely untrue and baseless. On his capacity as current chairman of the OAU, President Nimeiri's duty is to try and defuse conflict, and not to fan it. In this regard, I should like to remind members of the press that President Nimeiri made personal trips to Kampala and Dar-es-Salaam to bring the warring parties to a cessation of hostilities, and solve their bilateral problems by peaceful means in the true spirit of African brotherhood. My government's foreign policy is total commitment to have good relations with all the countries of the world, and foremost, to have very warm and cordial relations with its neighbours.

    On the basis of his policy, the Sudan has been successfully mediating between the conflicting parties in Chad. We believe that any conflict, be it internal or international, does not serve good purpose because it can only retard the development of such a nation, or nations. And, therefore, my government is committed first and foremost is committed first and foremost to the country's development and uplifting the standard of living of its people. For these reasons, it would be clearly absurd for anyone to suggest that my government has entered a war that it has every reason to try and stop.

    "Finally, ladies and gentlemen, let me once again reiterate that there is not a single Sudanese soldier in Uganda; my government is not contemplating in sending nay troops to Uganda; Sudan still believes that the current conflict between Uganda and Tanzania should be amicably resolved through peaceful means."

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    Background: Reports the Sudanese troops have been sent to help President Idi Amin in Uganda were flatly denied on Tuesday (3 April) by Sudan's embassy in Kenya. A story in a Kenya newspaper claimed that large numbers of soldiers had crossed the border to defend President Amin against invading forces from Tanzania.

    SYNOPSIS: At a news conference in Nairobi, Sudan's Charge `Affaires, Angelo Voga, said the reports were unfounded.

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