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Uganda: Politics and Government

Volume 473: debated on Thursday 13 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment his Department has made of the possible impact of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) investigation of Joseph Kony on (a) the possibility of a peace agreement between the Lord's Resistance Army and the Government of Uganda, (b) the credibility and effectiveness of the ICC and (c) possible peace and reconciliation efforts in Uganda; and if he will make a statement. (192976)

The Government strongly support the International Criminal Court and believe that its investigation in Uganda has helped to bring the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to the negotiating table. We welcome the progress made by the Government of Uganda and the LRA and are encouraged by reports that the two sides will sign a final peace agreement by the end of the month. 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.