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Great Lakes Countries Plan Joint Anti-LRA Strategy :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Great Lakes Countries Plan Joint Anti-LRA Strategy

Eleven countries that form the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) are in talks on how to jointly deal with what they call negative forces in the region including Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

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Eleven countries that form the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) are in talks on how to jointly deal with what they call negative forces in the region including Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).

 

Speaking in an interview with Uganda Radio Network in Arusha, Tanzania, Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, the Executive Secretary of the ICGLR, said the countries want a joint cooperation plan on how to deal with destabilizing forces in the region.

 

These forces include remnants of the Interahamwe, the Mai Mai militia as well as the LRA which has now set up bases in northern DR Congo and the Central African Republic, where they are reportedly committing lots of atrocities against civilians.

 

The 11 countries that compose the ICGLR, a five-year-old regional cooperation on peace, security, good governance and development, are Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo-Brazaville, DR Congo and Kenya. Others are Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

 

Ambassador Mulamula disclosed that intelligence and security chiefs from 11 ICGLR countries have already met in Bujumbura, Burundi to chart a way forward including collaborating with the UN, the African Union and the international community in dealing with the so-called negative forces.

 

On the LRA, Ambassador Mulamula revealed that three options are being explored in dealing with the rebel outfit. These options are pursuing the arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court against Joseph Kony and two of his commanders, reopening dialogue and outright joint military action.

 

Ambassador Mulamula said the LRA activities are now so wide and complex that they need a common approach.

 

The ICGLR Executive Secretary’s revelation comes just weeks after US President Barack Obama announced on October 14th that he was sending approximately 100 military advisers to Central Africa to assist in efforts to neutralize the LRA.

President Obama has been mandated by the US Congress to take action through the May 2010 enactment of the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and North Uganda Act.

Late last week, while speaking at a peace dialogue in Gulu the German Ambassador to Uganda Klaus Dieter Duxmann said the European Union (EU) is ready to commit its troops to join the hunt down of Lord's Resistance Army rebel leader Joseph Kony and other commanders perpetuating violence in the DRC.

 

Duxmann said the LRA conflict is not forgotten and that the international community is getting concerned with the continued atrocities by the LRA in Central Africa.

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