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Chief Mediator calls on Ugandan rebels to assemble to de-escalate hostilities

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By James Gatdet Dak

December 20, 2008 (JUBA) – The Chief Mediator of the Uganda peace process, Government of Southern Sudan’s Vice President, Riek Machar Teny has called on the rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) to assemble in Ri-Kwangba to “de-escalate” the ongoing hostilities with regional forces.

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A joint regional force launched offensive against the LRA bases inside north-eastern DR Congo last week and still escalating.

In his 2nd report on the status of the Juba peace process, dated 15th December and of which copy the Sudan Tribune received today, the Chief Mediator stated that it was the Ugandan army that carried out the attacks on LRA on 14th December in Garamba forests, but was to be joined by Congolese forces while the SPLA would deploy along Southern Sudan borders to prevent the LRA from infiltrating into the semi-autonomous region.

He urged the LRA rebels to assemble in Ri-Kwangba area, respect the terms for assembling, sign and implement the peace deal.

The Government of Southern Sudan’s Vice President further stated that the military action was neither intended to destroy the Juba peace agreements nor abrogate the Ugandan government’s commitments towards the peace process.

Machar blamed the LRA leadership for not signing the Final Peace Agreement (KPA), which prompted regional military offensive against the rebels and called on them to assemble.

"I would therefore invite the LRA to signal its readiness to return and assemble in Ri-Kwangba in order to expeditiously conclude the Juba process,” he stated.

Some of the rebels were already reported to have infiltrated into Southern Sudan following the fighting and were accused by government officials of killing two civilians yesterday in Western Equatoria state.

He said the LRA should contact the Mediator who would, through the Cessation of Hostilities Monitoring Team, work with the relevant forces, to arrange for safe passage to Ri-Kwangba at Sudan/DR Congo border.

Machar said the mediators were aware of the concerns raised by the LRA on the ICC which they said were impeding the signature of the FPA, but he stated that these would be addressed within the framework of the peace agreement and "should therefore not delay this process any longer."

"The LRA must act swiftly and in good faith to conclude this chapter of violence so that peace can return to this region," he concluded.

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  • 21 December 2008 05:32, by Lokorai

    Dear Vice President, that is indeed good news and people of Equatoria and Northern Uganda and indeed every true peace loving Southerner is so pleased about SPLA not being involved in Museveni-Kiir stupid plan to attack less threat or already tamed LRA rebels.

    Please sir, don’t listen to these killers, go ahead and deliver that peace.

    Lokorae

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    • 21 December 2008 10:54, by Maper

      If LRA forces are invited to assemble in South Sudan, what was the point of attacking their camp in DR Congo when they had assembled? Why is LRA assembly in South Sudan more important than in DR Congo? After the attack on LRA, GOSS said it would seal the border so that LRA would not enter South Sudan. In contrast, LRA forces are being asked to enter South Sudan? Isn’t it a contradiction? It seems Kiir makes decision without consulting Riek, and Riek does the same.

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      • 21 December 2008 12:46, by Gatwech

        Brave GOSS!

        Brova GOSS through Dr. Riek Machar for the wise decision to stop the LRA fighting from escalating. Of course as we know the Ugandan army is not capable of defeating the LRA as we would expect. Their helicopter attacks on LRA bases in DR Congo cannot finish the LRA. They have just dispersed them and got lost in the jungles without traces by the Uganda army. Now they are already in South Sudan and it is important to call on them to assemble at the border of Ri-Kwangba. That premature plan to attack the LRA and abandon the peace process was not a wise decision. People should understand why the LRA leader is so scared not to sign the peace deal because of the ICC. Can’t we see how Albashir is now scared and threatens to destroy the CPA and attack Darfur because of ICC? Let us understand things and look for better solutions instead of frustrating all the time and make wrong decisions emotionally. Peace process is the solution to the LRA war like the CPA was the solution to North-South war despite fightings in Torit, etc between SPLA and SAF even when the talks were going on in Naivasha. I could not imagine late Dr. John Garang signing the CPA if the ICC was waiting to arrest him. He would not dare do that unless there were some guarantees to save him which Joseph Kony is now looking for. War with the LRA can be the last resort but not among the first resorts because it is something that can easily complicate, involve others and can be regretted. This is why I love this man, Dr. Riek Machar for his peace vision and sense of dangers that may come along if we embrace to fight proxy wars.

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  • 21 December 2008 12:42, by Joes Piol

    Riak and his LRA friends are planning to say no to what had been planned by the countries who need to up rooted the terrorism at the guns points, Machar don’t like to see his friends in crimes facing the line of fire that is why he fail to bring them to final signing of peace in order to prolong the war and killing in northern Uganda and south sudan in Great Equatoria. something need to be done about it!

    by
    marial mach aduotdit mach

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    • 21 December 2008 13:09, by Gatwech

      If you love the people of Equatoria and want to save them from the LRA, don’t fight the LRA. Just tame the LRA through the peace process like what Dr. Riek Machar has been doing for the last two years. Don’t forget that there are non-LRA killers among you who would want to use the war against the LRA to kill innocent people under the cover of LRA. Don’t forget Jalaba also! Let any war against the LRA be the last resort but not among our first options. WE have alot to face in Abyei and other areas. Use the peace process to neutralize and destroy the LRA. Hear the voice of wisdom!!!!!

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      • 22 December 2008 03:40, by Peter Aarai

        To mr Gatwec,

        Mr. gatwec, this is not about loving Equatorian or saving their lives, it about failur of your uncle Riek Machar, who have been mediating the peace process between Rebels and Ugandan gov without final to the peace. this uncle of yours Riek machar been enriching himself without millions of dollars to end the LRA but fail to do so, this have to be done by militarily, or tell your uncle riek and Kony to leave South alone if not I will kill u so that u stop support riek and kony, I know were u live. u been saying that riek is doing great job to bring peace in Uganda and Sudan. riek is an allies with LRA since then.

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        • 24 December 2008 09:02, by Gatwech

          You come and try to kill me if it will not turn out that I fuck you in front of your whole family. I have tracked down your IP already and I know you now, so instead of me you take care from today. Your head may soon get rotten. I already have a guy who monitors you where you are.

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      • 22 December 2008 07:09, by Maper

        Gatwech,

        If you acknowledge Kony cannot sign FPA with ICC indictment in place, why does Riek disturb Kony by persuading him to sign peace? He should first negotiate with ICC to drop charges, and then he will later ask Kony to sign peace. Continuing negotiation with no positive signs is a waste of time, and SPLA should kick LRA out. LRA should not assemble in Equatoria again, let them assemble in their country.

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