Relations between Sudan an Uganda have been strained since the overthrow last April of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.
CU INTERIOR Uganda's Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Otema Alimadi, speaking to reporter in English
ALIMADI: "We all agreed that there was no deliberate intention on the part of either side, if some aggression took place, in either Uganda or Sudanese side, we believe it might have been human error, or lack of proper map reading. We have decided that there should be delegations from the military side of the Sudan, and also from our side to go near the border and check things for themselves. And they will then, on the spot, advise us what actually happened, and what should be done. And this should be done fairly soon."
DECTOR: "Many reports have attributed these skirmishes to the regrouping of former Amin soldiers, on the border. Have you talked to the Sudanese authorities about former Amin soldiers having arms at present, and what they're trying to do to stop them?"
ALIMADI: "Well, we have been assured by the Sudanese that they would never permit former Amin soldiers to use their territory for any subversive activities against the government of Uganda. But it is possible that there are some elements who might be even within our won border who might be causing this problem."
On the day of his interview, a joint communique was issued by the Sudanese and Ugandan governments, saying that some 50,000 Ugandan refugees who fled to the Sudan after the fall of Amin, are free to return home. They will be able to return under the auspices of the United nations High Commission for Refugees.
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Background: Relations between Sudan an Uganda have been strained since the overthrow last April of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. Many members of his security forces fled to the Sudan, and Ugandan leaders said they feared Amin's former soldiers might launch attacks from across the border. Indeed, there have been a few skirmishes recently, provoking a week-long visit by Ugandan Foreign Minister Otema Alimadi to Juba, in southern Sudan, to discuss border security. Two days after his return on December 29, Mr. Alimadi spoke to June Dector about his visit.