Ugandan officials say the government and rebel Lord's Resistance Army are expected to sign a peace agreement on April 5. The signing could end one of Africa's longest running conflicts.

Ugandan officials announced the date Wednesday during the last day of formal negotiations which are being held in the southern Sudanese capital of Juba.

However, rebels have said they will not sign a final peace deal with the Ugandan government unless indictments against top rebel leaders by the International Criminal Court (ICC) are dropped.

Uganda has said that once rebel leader Joseph Kony signs a final deal, it will call on the ICC to drop its indictments.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the country's 21-year rebellion.

The ICC accuses LRA commanders of being responsible for the slaughter of entire communities in northern Uganda, and for the abduction of thousands of children used as fighters and sex slaves.

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