Search

 

Cablegate: Lra Talks: Ceasefire Progresses, Egeland Asks for Help

VZCZCXRO3282
PP RUEHROV
DE RUEHKH #2228 2571429
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 141429Z SEP 06
FM AMEMBASSY KHARTOUM
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4551
INFO RUCNIAD/IGAD COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS KHARTOUM 002228

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM EAID MOPS UN UG SU
SUBJECT: LRA Talks: Ceasefire Progresses, Egeland Asks for Help

REF: Khartoum 2224

1. As the ceasefire between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and
the Ugandan government increasingly takes hold, UN Under Secretary
General (UN/USG) for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland visited Juba
to meet with the parties to the talks and assess ways that the UN
could further support the peace process. Egeland also strongly
encouraged donor nations to do more. Emphasizing that the
negotiations should remain an African process with African
solutions, the best way to lend support would be to assist with the
USD 5.9 million that will be needed to maintain the talks, fully
implement the Cessation of Hostilities agreement, and provide
humanitarian support to vulnerables. Norway has already agreed to
give USD 250,000. Egeland then emphasized that there is no conflict
between supporting the ICC and supporting the peace process, and
that countries must only refrain from endorsing impunity, not peace.
(NOTE: Several members of the mediation team have also indicated a
desire for U.S. involvement in the talks. End Note.)

2. During his visit, Egeland was in frequent phone contact with LRA
commander Vincent Otti, who had arrived at the Western Equatoria
rally point of Ri-Kwangba. The UN/USG had hoped to secure an
agreement from the LRA to release the women and children so they can
receive humanitarian assistance from the UN, as the UN will not
provide direct assistance to anyone still part of an armed group.
After initial indications that the LRA would release the
vulnerables, they finally refused. Egeland believes Joseph Kony
intervened directly to prevent this release. At the Eastern
Equatoria rally point, Owiny-ki-Bul, LRA mediation team
representatives indicated they would allow women and children to be
separated from the main group, but would not allow them to be
completely released. There may also be other special arrangements
for the sick and wounded.

3. As more people move towards the camps, with nearly 400 LRA
soldiers about to enter Owiny-ki-Bul and more on their way, Egeland
believes the numbers will be significantly higher than expected.
According to MONUC, the groups of LRA fighters are larger, more
professional, and better armed (with platoon-level machine guns and
mortars) than originally thought. The UN/USG thinks there may be 4
to 6 thousand people in the camps by the end of next week.

POWERS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 

OECD: COVID-19 Crisis Puts Migration And Progress On Integration At Risk, Says

Watch the live webcast of the press conference Migration flows have increased over the past decade and some progress has been made to improve the integration of immigrants in the host countries. But some of these gains may be erased by the COVID-19 pandemic ... More>>


Pacific Media Watch: How Pacific Environmental Defenders Are Coping With The Covid Pandemic

SPECIAL REPORT: By Sri Krishnamurthi of Pacific Media Watch Pacific Climate Warriors - creative action to trigger better responses to climate crisis. Image: ... More>>

Reporters Without Borders: Julian Assange’s Extradition Hearing Marred By Barriers To Open Justice

After monitoring four weeks of evidence in the US extradition proceedings against Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates concern regarding the targeting of Assange for his contributions to journalism, and calls ... More>>

OHCHR: Stranded Migrants Need Safe And Dignified Return – UN Migrant Workers Committee

The UN Committee on Migrant Workers has today called on governments to take immediate action to address the inhumane conditions of migrant workers who are stranded in detention camps and ensure they can have an orderly, safe and dignified return to ... More>>