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Sudan allows Uganda troops to pursue rebels

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KHARTOUM, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Sudan will allow Ugandan troops pursuing rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army on its territory to continue operations until the end of May, Sudan's official news agency reported.

In a protocol signed by the two countries' defence ministers, Uganda agreed in return to prevent the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) from using its territory, the state news agency SUNA said late on Sunday.

Despite peace talks, hostilities have continued between the Khartoum government and the SPLA, which began a fight for greater southern autonomy in 1983.

Sudan and Uganda have in the past traded allegations that each country had allowed rebel groups to operate on their soil, but reached a deal on security cooperation in 1999.

Ugandan officials said in January that Sudanese troops would occupy camps in southern Sudan formerly held by the LRA, a Christian fundamentalist group that has waged a 15-year insurgency against the Uganda government, to prevent it from returning to the area.

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