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Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of recent discussions between representatives of the South Sudanese Government and representatives of the Lord’s Resistance Army including Joseph Koug. (78931)

The UK has long been committed to seeking a peaceful solution to the long running conflict in northern Uganda, which continues to undermine security in neighbouring southern Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Any discussions or mediation efforts need to be aimed at encouraging those Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) members not facing International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrants to stop fighting and seek amnesty and reintegration into their communities.

We continue to call on Sudan to meet its international obligations and ensure the five senior LRA commanders indicted by the ICC are brought to face justice in the Hague. Our Ambassador in Khartoum pressed Salva Kiir, President of the Government of Southern Sudan, on the Government’s ICC obligations on 10 May. The UK-led UN Security Council delegation, which visited Juba on 8 June as part of a wider trip to Sudan, also raised the issue with President Kiir.