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Uganda

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the second ceasefire extension agreed between the Ugandan Government and the Lord's Resistance Army; what representations she has made on the ceasefire and the Juba peace talks; what discussions she has held with the (a) UK high commission, Kampala, (b) African Union and (c) United Nations on this matter. (113082)

The mediation process remains fragile. We were encouraged when the Lord's Resistance Army and Government of Uganda delegations returned to Juba in mid-December after a lengthy recess.

Officials from our high commission in Kampala, along with other representatives of the international community, visited Juba on 14 December to discuss progress with all parties. Subsequent talks between the delegations resulted in a further extension to the cessation of hostilities agreement being signed on 16 December.

We continue to discuss the mediation process with both the African Union and the UN, most recently on 13 December and 19 December respectively.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the Government of Uganda on the Commonwealth Harare Declaration of 1991. (113501)

The Harare Commonwealth Declaration of 1991 sets out the Commonwealth's commitment to democracy, the rule of law and good governance.

We do not hold formal talks with the Ugandan Government on the Harare Declaration, but we continue to discuss the importance of promoting good governance, deepening the multi-party political system in Uganda and addressing the long-running conflict in northern Uganda.

These discussions are regularly held at the highest levels of government, including with the President.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of the arrest of Dr. Kizza Besigye in Uganda. (113514)

Following his arrest on 14 November 2005 Dr. Besigye was released on bail on 2 January 2006. On 7 March 2006 High Court Judge Katutsi dismissed the rape charges against Dr. Besigye, saying that the prosecution had failed to prove its case. Dr. Besigye continues to face a number of treason charges in the Ugandan High Court. President Museveni has assured us that due process will be followed.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of the ruling of the Ugandan Supreme Court on Dr. Kizza Besigye's election petition. (113515)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock) on 29 November 2006, Official Report, column 744W.