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Cablegate: Lra's Kony to See His Mother

VZCZCXRO1516
OO RUEHROV
DE RUEHKH #1795 2071047
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 261047Z JUL 06
FM AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3896
INFO RUCNIAD/IGAD COLLECTIVE
RUEHKI/AMEMBASSY KINSHASA 0050
RUEHROV/AMEMBASSY VATICAN 0020

UNCLAS KHARTOUM 001795

SIPDIS

SIPDIS
SENSITIVE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PHUM PREL UG CG SU
SUBJECT: LRA'S KONY TO SEE HIS MOTHER

REF: Khartoum 1775

1. (SBU) CG spoke with two contacts involved in the GoSS mediation
initiative between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the
Government of Uganda (GOU). They said that no session took place on
July 24, but that local press reports stating the talks had broken
down were overstated. There were threats to pull out when both
sides exchanged accusations that military members of each delegation
had engaged in past atrocities against civilians, including
decapitations.

2. (SBU) A Ugandan interlocutor said that Kony had specifically
asked to see his mother. Under the rubric of confidence building,
the Ugandans agreed that she could visit. Kony's mother, as well as
other family members, arrived in Juba and were flown to Maridi in
the company of GoSS Vice President Machar, notables from the Acholi
tribes, and various others.

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