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Uganda President Open to Peace Talks Abroad

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni says he is open to new peace talks with northern rebels, but only if the meetings take place outside the country.

Speaking in Gulu district on Sunday, Mr. Museveni said government troops in the meantime will press ahead with attacks on rebels in northern Uganda and parts of Sudan.

Uganda's government has called on rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army to surrender, saying they will be forgiven.

A cease-fire between the government and rebels expired Friday, after the two sides failed to advance a peace process.

Officials criticized rebel leaders, who said they needed more time for internal discussions on ending the conflict.

The rebels have been fighting to overthrow the Ugandan government since 1987.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.