March 29, 2009 report from Ultimate Media
Uganda Government News: No more peace talks for LRA
The government of Uganda will not consider fresh peace talks with the Lords Resistance Army rebels.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kuteesa says the government of Uganda has done all it can to ensure it signs a peace accord with the LRA rebels but the rebels have failed.
The minister was briefing the ambassadors on successes and challenges of the operation Lightening Thunder to capture or kill Joseph Kony and other LRA leaders that the government embarked on the Garamba forest of DRC on December 14th.
He says although the government did not manage to capture or force LRA leader Kony to sign the comprehensive peace agreement, the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces was able to effectively disable the LRA military and troop capabilities.
Kutesa says operations against the LRA are still continuing, although a large part of the Uganda army came back from the DRC.
He says the government is not considering any other peace talks with the LRA because the peace talks were successfully completed in Juba, a comprehensive agreement arrived at but the LRA leader failed to sign the peace agreement.
The LRA insists the indictments by the International Criminal Court against its top leaders should be dropped before they sign the agreement, while the government of Uganda insists that the LRA must first sign the peace agreement before Uganda can engage the ICC to drop the arrest warrants issued against top LRA leaders.