Friday, August 11, 2006

LRA and South Sudan

The ongoing peace talks between the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) rebels and the Uganda government is the closest that the two parties have got into since the out break of the conflict. However, the obstacles this talk is facing because the Government of Uganda have not declare as cease fire like the rebels is threatening the gragile talks.

The President of South Sudan Salva Kirr Mayardit has summoned the rebels to try to broker an agreement. There is a lot at stake here.

South Sudan has not enjoyed the fruits of the hard-won peace. After more than fourty years of instability, some semblence of stability has come to the South. But the LRA is threatening all that. They continue to rick havoc in South Sudan, attacking villages, killing civilians and abducting people. These atrocities must stop.

If this talks collapse things will not be good in South Sudan. The fact that some elements of the Sudan Armed Forces still support the LRA are complicting matters. These too must stop. Enough is enough!

The world must come together to end this conflict. The arrest warrants issued by the International Court of Justice for Kony and his henchment should be suspended if the negotiations can bring peace. Peace is the goal of all parties, ICC included.