KAMPALA - Uganda's top military official said the country would back its newly-independent northern neighbor South Sudan if it went to war with Sudan, a newspaper quoted him as saying on Friday.
Escalating violence since South Sudan separated from the rest of Sudan last July under the terms of a 2005 peace deal has raised fears a war may break out between the two long-time foes.
Last week, South Sudan seized Heglig, a disputed oilfield, claiming it as its rightful territory and saying it would only withdraw if the United Nations deployed a neutral force there.
"We will not sit by and do nothing. We will be involved having suffered a proxy war by Khartoum," the Daily Monitor quoted General Aronda Nyakairima, Uganda's Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), as saying.