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Ugandan President Pledges $600 Million to Rebuild North

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has pledged more than $600 million to help rebuild and develop the nation's war-torn northern region.

A cease-fire last year between the government and northern rebels has brought relative peace to the area, although U.N. aid agencies say about 1.5 million people are still displaced from their homes.

Present Museveni said Monday that the goal of the plan is to consolidate the peace, recovery and rehabilitation of the north. He says the project will include new roads, schools, processing plants for farm products and other industrial development.

Mr. Museveni says the government will provide 30 percent of the funding for the project, while the United Nations and other international donors will supply the rest. He gave no timetable for the project.

The Ugandan government and rebel Lord's Resistance Army rebels have been in peace talks since last year. Observers report progress has been slow, but there is optimism the talks could finally end the 20-year conflict that has killed thousands of people and displaced nearly two million others.

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