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Cablegate: Northern Uganda: Proposed Press Statement to Keep Momentum

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TAGS: PGOV PREF PREL MOPS UG SU
SUBJECT: NORTHERN UGANDA: PROPOSED PRESS STATEMENT TO KEEP MOMENTUM
IN THE PEACE PROCESS

REF: KAMPALA 1079

1. (U) This is an action message. See paragraph 3.

2. (SBU) U.N. Special Envoy Chissano, the international observer
team, and post concur that we consider making another public
statement to keep up the momentum of the process in the wake of
agreement on the general principles of accountability and
reconciliation.

3. (SBU) Post requests that Washington approve the release, in
Washington or Kampala, of a statement as proposed in paragraph 4.
This draft has been approved by the GOU. Our attempts to run it by
Chissano have not been successful, but he did approve the EU
statement which was based on this draft.

4. (SBU) "The United States is pleased that the parties at the
peace negotiations in Juba were able to agree on general principles
on accountability and reconciliation. We continue to support the
Government of Southern Sudan's mediation efforts at Juba, the
efforts of the U.N. Special Envoy for LRA-Affected Areas, Joachim
Chissano, and the participation of the international observers from
Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Congo, and South Africa to bring peace
to northern Uganda. Together, they have succeeded in bringing the
peace process to this important juncture. We view the consutations
with key stakeholders throughout Uganda n mechanisms of
accountability and reconciliatio as a critical part of the peace
process. We encourage the parties to use this opportunity to engage
the long-suffering people of northern Uganda in a serious dialogue
on these mechanisms to provide the basis for lasting peace. Our
priority remains peace in the region. We continue to provide
humanitarian, recovery, and redevelopment assistance to the people
living in LRA-affected areas, promote reconciliation, and support
the reintegration of former abductees and ex-combatants into their
communities."
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