The daily quoted Ugandan Minister of State for International Affairs Tom Butime as having said this while meeting visiting Danish MPs on Wednesday. "We are looking to the withdrawal of Uganda's troops any time. We wouldn't want to stay any longer because we have suffered enough," he added.
Butime said Uganda had wanted its troops withdrawn by 15 December 2002, but that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan had asked that the Uganda People's Defence Forces remain until there was another force to take over the security of the country. Uganda maintains an army battalion in the northeastern town of Bunia and some troops on the Rwenzori mountain slopes.
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