Visit by LRA Delegation Hangs in Balance

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A visit by a delegation from the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), to northern Uganda hangs in the balance, after the LRA delegates in Juba decided to go separate ways, for the New Years celebrations. The visit initially scheduled for December 23rd was postponed to New Years day, following reports that there was no proper coordination for the visit on the LRA's part. The LRA delegates were scheduled to visit several district in Acholi, Lango and Teso sub-regions, which were hardest hit by the rebel insurgency. They would hold meetings in Kampala with President Yoweri Museveni, members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of civil society. The State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Okello Oryem, says most LRA delegates at the talks in Juba have broken off to celebrate New Years with their families. According to Oryem, the date of the visit remains unclear, after Martin Ojur, the LRA delegates chairman at the talks requested for more time to consult with the LRA commanders in their Garamba hide out. // Cue In: Well, we hoped that# Cue Out: # have to wait to. // Oryem however insists that the LRA delegates should not abandon their plans to visit Northern Uganda. He said their security is guaranteed. Meanwhile, the peace talks between Government and the LRA have again been adjourned to January 15 2007, to allow the parties consult their principals on the way forward. Oryem attributes the constant adjournments, to the LRA's uncertainty about the reaction from the victims of their atrocities. // Cue In: Their worry is# Cue Out: #.this ping pong game. //

 

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