Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel leader and Chairman of its High Command Joseph Kony is calling for the immediate re-opening of unconditional peace talks with the Government of Uganda.
In a press statement issued by the LRA Special Peace Envoy Brig. Okello Mission, Kony says this will help in resolving the conflict between the two sides.
He says the peace talks will be hosted by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, and mediated by the same government and the Legislative Assembly of the East African Community as well as the United States Government, the United Nations, the Government of the Republic of Sudan and the African Union.
Kony also re-affirms his commitment, to the talks, requesting the relevant UN agencies and the European Union and its member states, and the East African Legislative Assembly to facilitate this peace process.
To expedite the process leading to the re-opening of the talks, Kony has asked for a confidence-building and consultative meeting at an undisclosed location with among others; the Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Daniel F. Kidega, Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly and Rev. John Baptist Odama, Archbishop of Gulu Catholic Diocese.
The others are His Highness Onen David Achana II, Paramount Chief of the Acholi, Mr. Kidega Quinto, newly appointed Chairman of LRA Peace Team, a representative of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, A representative of the Government of the Republic of Sudan, a representative of the United Nations, Members of the LRA Peace Team, led by Brig. Okello Mission, the LRA Special Peace Envoy.
The delegation will be led by Brig. Okello Mission.
The statement reads in part “General Kony therefore urges the people of Uganda and the international community at large to welcome and support this process for the ultimate benefit of Uganda and the countries of the Great Lakes region of Africa”.