GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA'S POSITION AT THE GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA/ LORD'S RESISTANCE ARMY TALKS

GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA'S POSITION AT THE GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA/ LORD'S RESISTANCE ARMY TALKS

TALKS MEDIATED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF SOUTHERN SUDAN

By Gideon Munaabi (Brought to you By)
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First published: July 19, 2006


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1- Once again, the Government of Uganda would like to take this opportunity to express its appreciation and gratitude to the Government of Southern Sudan especially H.E Salva Kiir Mayardit, the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar, the Vice President for accepting to play the important role of mediating the peace talks between the Government of Uganda and the Lords Resistance Army.


 
The Government of Uganda would also like to thank the Government of Southern Sudan for the hospitality extended to the Ugandan delegation in the beautiful town of Juba. 
 
2- The Government of Uganda wholeheartedly welcomes the Lords Resistance Army to the peace talks and further wishes to thank the leadership of the Lords Resistance Army for choosing the path of peace talks to resolve the problem that has plagued northern Uganda and Southern Sudan for along time and has spilled over into Democratic Republic of Congo. 
 
3- It is the government's firm belief that this time round a tangible solution will come out of these peace talks. 
 
4- Overtime the political and economic environment in Uganda has undergone massive transformation, allowing free participation of all people in the social political and economic activities of the country. 
The current Constitution caters for all sheds of political opinions and beliefs and allows for regular, free and fair elections like the recently held elections that brought in the current democratically elected Government. 
 
5- The Lords Resistance Army is therefore at liberty to come and fully participate in the social, political and economic activities of our motherland Uganda, for divergent views are freely expressed in accordance with the law.

6- The human rights as enshrined in the constitution are fully observed. 
7- With the above in mind, the Government of Uganda calls upon the Lords Resistance Army to: 
 

  • Renounce and abandon all forms of terrorism  
  • Cease all forms of hostilities  
  • Dissolve itself and handover all arms and ammunitions in its possession together with their inventory 
  • Assemble in agreed locations where they will be demobilised, disarmed and documented 
  • The offer being given is the Amnesty to all combatants which shall be guaranteed upon successful conclusion of the talks. 
  • All the former combatants will be re-integrated into civilian productive life and those who wish and qualify will be integrated into the UPDF. 
  • Those who wish to go back to school including vocational institutions will be given assistance. 
  • Resettlement assistance will be given to those who opt to settle back into civilian life.  
  • The Government of Uganda will engage the cultural, religious leaders and all stake holders in a bid to reconcile the combatants with their community (mato put).  
    The government has come for expeditious talks and expects to finalise these talks in the shortest possible time; in any case not later than 12th Sept 2006.

     

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  • By Gideon Munaabi (Brought to you By)
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    First published: July 19, 2006
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    Gideon Munaabi is a journalist and public relations practitioner with Ultimate Media Consult (U) Ltd. He has been and continues writing widely for different publication locally and internationally. He is a founding member of Ultimate Media Consult (U) Ltd and is currently the chairman of the organisation.