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AU Directs Uganda Troops To Stay In CAR

viagra 100mg http://citizenspace.us/wp-admin/includes/image-edit.php sans-serif; font-size: small;”>Mr. Francisco Madeira, order the AU Special Envoy for the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) said: “The sudden change of regime in CAR has caused confusion in some minds. But I want to reassure the national and international opinion that this has no impact on the commitment and the determination of the Ugandan authorities to support the fight against the LRA.”

visit this site sans-serif; font-size: small;”>In this Extraordinary Summit of Economic community of Central African States (ECCAS) held in Ndjamena, Chad, Uganda was represented by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kutesa and his Defence couterpart, Crispus Kiyonga.

They resolved the 2,000 Ugandan soldiers in charge of the “elimination” of the LRA which will continue to play their role in this initiative, including those operating in the CAR, where they have been working in cooperation with national forces to track down the elements of the armed group led by Joseph Kony.

Mr Madeira assured the Ugandan representatives: “There is no reason to consider any suspension of the participation of the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) or even that of other troops already in place. It should be recalled that it is an authorized Force led by the AU on the basis of a decision of the sovereign states concerned.’’

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The Invisible Children organization that was formed to bring to comprehensive end the LRA conflict in Africa and give voice to the voiceless, also launched a campaign on April 4 asking the AU, the US and Uganda to find a way to continue the counter- LRA mission in Central African Republic (CAR).

During the launch, Rev. Guillaume Cailleaux the project coordinator from Mbomou community said that: “If these two forces leave us, we will fall back in the same situation that we found during the highest times of the LRA conflict.”

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Abou Moussa, noted that UN is very attentive to the evolution of this situation and given the negative impact of the LRA activities not only on peace and regional security, but also its unacceptable humanitarian consequences.

“We encourage all stakeholders to support the implementation of this strategy, whose one chapter is related to the support for the operationalization of the African Union Initiative against the LRA and, in particular, its military component, the Regional Task Force,” said Moussa.

“We must not give any chance to Joseph Kony and his elements to believe that there is a release and that, they can continue to commit atrocities on the people with impunity,” he added.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government has offered $ 5m as a reward for any information leading to the arrest of rebel leader Joseph Kony and his top commanders, Okot Odhiambo and Dominic Ongwen.

“We look forward to the end of the horrible moments that the citizens of the affected countries live. We do not have to forget that besides many deaths caused by the LRA atrocities, an estimated 440,000 people are refugees and displaced persons forced to leave their families to escape from the brutality of the armed group,” noted Moussa and Madeira.

The joint mission that they conducted from 27 March to 4 April in South Sudan, DRC and Uganda has helped increase awareness on this situation and to be sure of the continued commitment of authorities and partners to consider the fight against the LRA as one of their main priorities.

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