The Chief mediator of the Uganda peace talks, South Sudan
Vice President Riek Machar, says while the talks have been challenging to
implement, they hold the key to bringing about a sustainable resolution to the
long-runing Northern Ugandan conflict. In a report on the status of the peace
process, Machar said since the departure of the LRA from Northern Uganda under
the Juba peace process, the area has seen an improvement in security.
He said Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebel
leader Joseph Kony's consecutive failures to appear for planned meetings has
been a serious disappointment to many. But Mr. Machar said the priority now
should be on getting the LRA to commit itself to full implementation of the
Meanwhile, chief LRA peace negotiator David Matsanga told that the Ugandan army has mobilized to
launch an attack on LRA positions.
Ugandan government has declared that it wants to attack the Lord’s Resistance
Army, which is a provocation of the cessation of hostilities agreement. General
Joseph Kony has not left the designated area to go fight the Uganda People’s
Defense Forces,” He said.
said Kony has not returned to the peace talks because he wants guarantees from
the African Union about the International Criminal Court’s indictments hanging
over Kony and some of his top commanders.
want to tell the international community that last Friday I made an effort to
go and brief the chairman of the African Union, President Jakaya Kikwete of
Tanzania to provide him with full copies of the agreement that was signed in
Juba. Doctor Riek Machar has done his part, but General Joseph Kony wants
guarantees. And General Joseph Kony has said that now that negotiations are
over, it can be signed somewhere in a place that will be chosen which is not
necessarily Juba. Not because they don’t appreciate what the government of
Southern Sudan has done, but they want to seek other alternatives because of
the hostilities between LRA and SPLM (Sudan People’s Liberation Army) cannot
allow them to sign an agreement in Sudan,” Matsanga said.
said allegations by Ugandan army chief General Aronda Nyakairima that the LRA
had crossed into Uganda in an attempt to retrieve their buried weapons.
is a total lie. The troops of General Joseph Kony are in assembled area,
although there was a skirmish where they were attacked and they defended
themselves. And let me tell the world why the skirmishes took place is because
the UPDF had an informer who had been there and informing on the LRA,” he said.
denied allegations that LRA leader Kony has been moving the goal post so as not
to sign the final agreement.
Joseph Kony is interested in signing the agreement. He only needs
clarification. But at the moment, the relationship between General Joseph Kony
and the chief mediator is not good. I have to be very frank to the world. They
have not talked for some time, and that is very, very bad for any peace
process,” Matsanga said.
denied that Kony does not trust Machar or is looking for a new peace mediator.
did not say he does not trust him; he has no confidence in Dr. Riek Machar. But
he says it is impossible to sign an agreement in Southern Sudan giving that the
SPLA is fighting the LRA in an unprovoked attack,” Matsanga said.