Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Peace in Northern Uganda?

JUBA, Sudan (Reuters) - Uganda's fugitive rebel leader Joseph Kony will sign a final peace deal at the weekend to end a two-decade insurgency that has destabilised a swathe of central Africa, the talks' chief mediator said on Wednesday.

Mediators gave Kony, head of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), until the end of November to sign the pact after he repeatedly snubbed negotiators and plunged the peace process into disarray in April when he failed to ink the deal.

The chief mediator and south Sudan's vice president, Riek Machar, told reporters Kony had said he would sign the agreement on Saturday on the remote border between Congo and southern Sudan, which has hosted the tortuous peace talks since 2006.

"Yes, he has said that, and the indications are that he will," Machar told reporters in south Sudan's capital Juba. -Reuters

I would not start dancing in the streets just yet. Kony is not the most reliable guy on earth and it would not be the first time that he lied. But he has shown signs of wanting to get out of this conflict for the past two years, I guess he is tired of living guerrilla style. Also, it will be interesting to see how the ICC reacts if a peace is signed. Will they cut a deal or will they seek "justice" despite what the Southern Sudanese government, the Ugandan government and the LRA wants? Something to follow.

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