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Uganda: Armed Conflict

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent assessment he has made of (a) the activities of the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) and (b) the prospects that the LRA leader Joseph Kony will rejoin peace talks. (248729)

We strongly condemn the indiscriminate attacks by the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) on Congolese and South Sudanese civilians which have occurred over the last month. Reports of these attacks vary widely, but the UN have estimated the attacks have resulted in around 500 casualties and 400 abductions.

The Government of Uganda remains committed to the Juba Peace Process. They have publicly stated that the aim of the current military operation against the LRA is to put further pressure on Joseph Kony to sign the Final Peace Agreement, already negotiated and agreed on in Juba, including by the LRA. David Matsanga, the LRA spokesperson, has called for an immediate ceasefire, to enable the LRA to return to the negotiating table under new conditions.