Sum­mit seeks to end LRA ter­ror

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AT THE re­quest of Ugan­dan Pres­i­dent Yow­eri Mu­sev­eni the Com­mis­sion of the AU con­vened a Sum­mit on the Re­gional Co-op­er­a­tion Ini­tia­tive for the Elim­i­na­tion of the Lord’s Re­sis­tance Army (RCI-LRA) on Sun­day.

The meet­ing took place on the mar­gins of the 28th Or­di­nary Ses­sion of the Assem­bly of Heads of State and Gov­ern­ment of the AU in Ad­dis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The meet­ing was chaired by Mu­sev­eni and at­tended by heads of state and high-rank­ing of­fi­cials, from South Su­dan, the Cen­tral African Repub­lic, the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, Su­dan, the US, the EU, the UN and the AU.

The meet­ing noted the progress made by the RCI-LRA in com­bat­ing and de­grad­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the LRA ter­ror­ist group.

The meet­ing called for re­newed mo­men­tum in the fight against the LRA to en­sure its fi­nal elim­i­na­tion and also stressed the ur­gency of pro­vid­ing an im­me­di­ate and ad­e­quate re­sponse to the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis trig­gered by the LRA’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

The meet­ing man­dated the AU Com­mis­sion to ur­gently con­vene the mem­bers of the RCI-LRA to de­velop a com­pre­hen­sive roadmap for the full ac­com­plish­ment of the RCI-LRA man­date.

The LRA is a rebel group and het­ero­dox-Chris­tian cult which op­er­ates in north­ern Uganda, South Su­dan, the CAR and the DRC. Orig­i­nally known as the United Holy Sal­va­tion Army and Uganda Chris­tian Army/Move­ment, its goals in­clude the es­tab­lish­ment of multi-party democ­racy rul­ing Uganda ac­cord­ing to the Ten Com­mand­ments. – ANA

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