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Cablegate: Instruction: Adoption of Unsc Prst On the Lra -

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INFO RUEHKM/AMEMBASSY KAMPALA PRIORITY 5063
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SUBJECT: INSTRUCTION: ADOPTION OF UNSC PRST ON THE LRA -
DECEMBER 22

1. USUN is instructed to join consensus on the UN Security
Council Presidential Statement on the Lord's Resistance Army
(LRA) to be adopted on December 22 (para 2). USUN should
refer any further substantive changes on the PRST to the
Department prior to joining consensus for adoption.

2. Begin text:

1. The Security Council is grateful for the efforts
undertaken by His Excellency Mr Joaquim Chissano, former
President of Mozambique, as the Secretary-General's Special
Envoy for the Lord,s Resistance Army (LRA)- affected areas.
The Council expresses its appreciation for his briefing of 17
December 2008, and agrees with his recommendation that the
peace efforts should continue. The Council welcomes
President Chissano,s readiness to continue in his role for a
further period.

2. The Security Council reiterates its welcome for the
Final Peace Agreement (FPA), negotiated between the
Government of Uganda and the LRA, and reached through the
Juba Peace Process. The Council commends the Government of
Uganda for its continued commitment to the FPA and its
investment in the peace process.

3. The Security Council condemns the repeated failure of
Joseph Kony to sign the FPA. It calls upon the LRA to sign
and honour the FPA immediately and to begin the process of
Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration to ensure a
peaceful, political solution.

4. The Security Council strongly condemns the recent
attacks by the LRA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
and Southern Sudan, which pose a continuing threat to
regional security. It demands that the LRA cease its
recruitment and use of children and that it release
immediately all women, children and other non combatants, in
accordance with Security Council resolution 1612 (2005).
The Council reiterates its deep concern at the long-running
and brutal insurgency by the LRA in northern Uganda which has
caused the death, abduction and displacement of thousands of
innocent civilians in Uganda, the Sudan and the Democratic
Republic of the Congo.

5. The Security Council recalls the International Criminal
Court arrest warrants for certain LRA leaders on charges of,
among other things, war crimes and crimes against humanity,
including murder, rape and the enlistment of children through
abduction. The Council recalls its statement of June 2006
(PRST/2006/28), and reaffirms that it attaches vital
importance to promoting justice and the rule of law,
including respect for human rights, as an indispensable
element for lasting peace. The Council reaffirms that ending
impunity is essential for a society recovering from conflict
to come to terms with past abuses committed against civilians
and to prevent their recurrence.

6. The Security Council commends the States in the region
for their increased co-operation, and welcomes the joint
efforts they have made to address the security threat posed
by the LRA. The Council calls upon these States to ensure
that all actions are carried out in accordance with
international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law and
to take appropriate measures to protect civilians. The
Council encourages these States to keep the UN missions in
the region informed about their actions.

7. The Security Council welcomes the re-establishment of
peace and security in northern Uganda. It encourages the
Government of Uganda, with the support of international
partners, to honour its commitment to accelerate
reconciliation, recovery and development in that region
through rapid implementation of its Peace, Recovery and
Development Plan (PRDP) and relevant Agenda items in the FPA
and to disburse anticipated financing for the PRDP without
delay.

8. The Security Council will continue to monitor the
situation closely.
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