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Ugandan Government, Rebels Move Closer to Peace Deal


Uganda's government and rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army are nearing a peace deal to end more than 20 years of conflict.

Officials close to the negotiations say an accord signed Friday provides for the disarmament and demobilization of the LRA.

The two sides signed a permanent cease-fire agreement last Saturday during peace talks in Sudan.

However, there is still uncertainty the rebels will sign the final peace deal until rebel leader Joseph Kony is granted immunity from international prosecution.

Kony is one of five LRA officials sought by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes. LRA fighters are accused of murdering thousands of civilians and raping and mutilating others during the long insurgency in northern Uganda.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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