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Ugandan Peace Talks Resume


Ugandan officials and members of the Lord's Resistance Army have resumed peace talks after a brief standoff over comments by the rebels.

The talks are taking place in the Sudanese town of Juba Sunday.

The two sides failed to meet Saturday as scheduled because Ugandan officials wanted the rebels to retract a statement accusing the government of being corrupt. The rebels made the accusation at Friday's opening session.

A Ugandan spokesman, Paddy Ankunda, criticized the LRA delegates as being in a "combative" mood. But he said the government is prepared to stay in Juba to give the peace talks a chance to end a 19-year civil war.

Top rebel leaders are not attending the talks because of security concerns.

The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for the leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army, charging them with war crimes and crimes against humanity. Uganda's government has offered the rebel leaders amnesty if the talks go well.

The Lord's Resistance Army is accused of kidnapping, mutilating and killing thousands of civilians during its 19-year war against the Ugandan government.

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