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Ugandan President Offers Protection to Rebel Leader

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has offered protection to the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, if the rebel chief agrees to "peacefully end terrorism."

In a statement, Mr. Museveni promised the safety of Joseph Kony if his rebel group stops fighting by the end of July. The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for Kony and other members of the LRA..

LRA rebels are accused of kidnapping thousands of children and using them as fighters or sex slaves.

Ugandan troops have been fighting the rebels for more than 20 years, forcing the rebels to set up bases in southern Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Some 1.6 million Ugandans have abandoned their homes because of the fighting. The United Nations has called the situation in northern Uganda a forgotten humanitarian crisis.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.