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Uganda's President Says No Power Sharing With Rebels


Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni says peace talks with the rebel Lord's Resistance Army are not for the purpose of sharing power.

In a statement, Mr. Museveni says the talks in southern Sudan are intended to give the rebels what the Ugandan president calls a "soft landing".

Mr. Museveni is said to have made the comments Monday during a meeting with the British ambassador (High Commissioner) to Uganda, Francois Gordon.

Earlier this month, the Ugandan president offered amnesty to rebel leader Joseph Kony with the condition that the peace talks go well.

Kony remains wanted on war crimes charges by the International Criminal Court. The LRA is accused of killing, kidnapping, and mutilating thousands of civilians during a 20-year war against the Ugandan government.

Mr. Museveni told the ambassador that the peace talks will allow the rebels to reconcile with their victims. He also said some rebels could be integrated into Uganda's army.

The talks in Juba have adjourned for the week so the negotiators can consult with their leaders. On Monday, the chief mediator said the sides had achieved "substantial progress."

A group of Kony's relatives are scheduled to meet him at his hiding place in the Democratic Republic of Congo later this week, in what is considered a confidence-building measure for the talks.

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