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Ugandan Rebels Ask South Africa to Help Mediate Peace Talks


Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army has asked South Africa to help mediate peace talks with the Ugandan government.

LRA Deputy Vincent Otti said South Africa has a successful track record in conflict resolution, and would complement the mediation efforts of Riek Machar, the vice president of southern Sudan's regional government.

LRA representatives left peace talks last week, after the government refused to join in declaring a ceasefire. The government says any truce would have to be a part of a final peace agreement.

Talks in southern Sudan aim to end the rebels' 20-year insurgency. The fighting has killed thousands of Ugandan civilians and displaced more than two million from their homes.

Last week, the Ugandan army said it killed the LRA's third-in-command. Despite the death, the government and the rebels agree peace talks should continue.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.