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Uganda: Armed Conflict

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions (a) he, (b) members of his Department and (c) UK representatives have had with the governments of (i) the Central African Republic, (ii) Uganda and (iii) the Democratic Republic of Congo on recent activity by the Lord's Resistance Army; and if he will make a statement. (197077)

The Government have not had any discussions with the Governments of the Central African Republic, Uganda or the Democratic Republic of Congo regarding recent activity by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). We are aware that discussions regarding the LRA have taken place between these Governments at the regional level.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has had discussions with President Yoweri Museveni on (a) government negotiations with the Lord’s Resistance Army and (b) the International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant for Joseph Kony; and if he will make a statement. (197079)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not had any discussions with President Museveni. My noble Friend the Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN, the right hon. Lord Malloch-Brown, discussed the Lord’s Resistance Army and the International Criminal Court warrants with Ugandan Foreign Minister Kutesa on 10 March in London. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and President Museveni discussed the conflict in northern Uganda when they met at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Kampala on 24 November 2007.