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Ugandan Rebel Leader Emerges in Southern Sudan


Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony has emerged from hiding in Sudan as part of a truce deal between rebels and the Ugandan government.

A negotiator for the Lord's Resistance Army, Martin Ojul, says Kony has arrived at a neutral assembly point designated by mediators as a gathering point for rebels.

The LRA's second-in-command, Vincent Otti, arrived at a neutral camp last week.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has offered amnesty to Kony and his top aides if they lay down their arms and end their insurgency. Last week the Ugandan government extended a deadline for rebels to agree to a peace deal.

The International Criminal Court says it still wants to prosecute Kony and four rebel commanders for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The LRA is accused of killing, kidnapping and mutilating thousands of civilians in northern Uganda.

Rebel fighters have been gathering at designated points since the amnesty was offered.

The amnesty is a result of talks mediated in southern Sudan aimed at ending the 20-year insurgency in Uganda.

The U.N. has said it would give humanitarian support to the rebels at the neutral camps.

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