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Uganda Rebel Leader Says Committed to Peace Talks


Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony says he is committed to negotiating a peace deal with the Ugandan government to end nearly 20 years of fighting.

Kony spoke to reporters Tuesday during a pause in talks along the border between Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Earlier, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army was seen smiling and laughing as he greeted and shook hands with Ugandan officials at the talks.

Kony has been urging Uganda's government to agree to a cease-fire to allow for peace negotiations.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has offered amnesty to Kony and his top aides, if they disarm.

But the International Criminal Court has filed war crimes charges against leaders of the group, which is accused of killing, kidnapping and mutilating thousands of civilians.

Human Rights Watch has criticized the Ugandan amnesty offer, saying rebels should not be exempt from the alleged crimes.

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