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Uganda: Armed Conflict

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the likelihood of peace between the Government of Uganda and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA); and what reports he has received of the likely request of the LRA leadership for immunity from prosecutions for war crimes. (193244)

We welcome the progress made by the government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and are encouraged by reports that the two sides will sign a final peace agreement by the end of the month. We note that in the recent peace agreement, the LRA leadership has asked the Government of Uganda to request a deferral of the International Criminal Court (ICC) warrants and establish national mechanisms to try those alleged to have committed crimes as an alternative to the ICC. We believe that justice is an essential part of a sustainable peace and it is vital that those responsible for the terrible crimes committed during the conflict in northern Uganda are held to account.