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Ugandan Rebels Demand Extension of Truce With Government

Rebels in northern Uganda are demanding an extension of their recent truce with the government.

Representatives of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army made their request in a letter to the government Tuesday.

The LRA says the extension would give its units more time to move to their preferred assembly point, near Uganda's border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.

Uganda's minister of information, Kirunda Kivajinja, suggested the government may agree to the extension. He told VOA that officials will "take as long as possible" so long as they can see the prospect of peace.

The recent truce called for rebel fighters to gather at two neutral camps in southern Sudan while government and rebel delegates try to work out a peace deal.

The peace talks in southern Sudan are aimed at ending the rebels' 20-year insurgency.