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Uganda: Peace Negotiations

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department plans to take to help achieve a successful outcome to the peace talks between the Lord’s Resistance Army and Ugandan Government representatives due to commence in the week beginning 30 April; and if she will make a statement. (134139)

Following interventions by UN Special Envoy Joaquim Chissano, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan Government have agreed to resume peace talks in Juba on 26 April. This is encouraging, as is the extension of the cessation of hostilities agreement until the end of June.

We believe that the peace talks in Juba between the LRA and the Government of Uganda offer the best chance for many years to achieve peace. Through the Africa Conflict Prevention Pool the UK has provided £250,000 to a UN fund set up to support the talks process and we have made it clear that we will consider any further requests for assistance very carefully.