World Vision calls for committment to peace agreements
WASHINGTON, February 29, 2008
—World Vision Uganda notes with appreciation the progress so far gained in the peace talks by the government of Uganda (GoU) and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), especially upon the recent agreements on Accountability and Reconciliation, Permanent Ceasefire and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR). We recognize the roles being played by different actors in making these efforts possible:
- The government of Southern Sudan/chief mediator
- Representatives of the African Union (AU)
- The UN Special Envoy to LRA affected areas
- US and EU representatives
- All the observers in their respective capacities
We observe that the signing of the agreement in itself will not automatically deliver the long awaited peace; rather it is just the beginning of another chapter in the peace process, an important journey toward sustainable peace.
The people in northern Uganda have invested very high hopes in the peace process and nobody should let them down. While significant progress has been achieved, this should be translated into assurance of peace for the local population and for the nation. The population remains anxious about the conclusion and implementation of the agreements due to critical issues of the International Criminal Court (ICC) indictments and alleged violations by the LRA of recent ceasefire agreement signed.
Our call for action:
At this time, we need to encourage the GoU and LRA, who are principal parties to these talks, to remain committed to these agreements and to bring peace to this troubled land. We therefore:
- Call upon the LRA to demonstrate their commitment by releasing children and women who are still captive in their camps, and honour the cease fire agreement by assembling in designated areas.
- We call on government of Uganda to ensure that the current momentum so far gained toward peace at this critical time is not lost to the issues of ICC and others that pose a challenge to the peace process. Government should do everything in its powers (including setting up special courts to try the LRA as agreed) so as to encourage the LRA to sign a final peace deal.
- We also call on the Cessation of Hostilities Monitoring Team to verify allegations of LRA violations of the agreements through alleged movements and attacks of civilians in South Sudan and Central Africa Republic and provide correct information in order to enforce compliance by all parties.
- We also call on government of Southern Sudan and other parties providing oversight to the talks to ensure that the LRA does remain in designated areas and both GoU and LRA observe the cease fire and other agreements so far signed.
- We call upon the International Community to continue supporting this process particularly with regard to setting up the special courts for trying those who committed offences against humanity.
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World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice..