AUGUST 28, 2009: LRA Negotiating Team Wants Peace Deal Revised

Uganda Rebel Negotiating Team Wants Peace Deal Revised


NAIROBI, Aug 28, 2009 (AFP) - The Ugandan rebel Lord's Resistance Army's negotiating team on Friday announced it had a new leader and demanded that a peace deal already signed by Kampala be revised.

Justine Labeja told reporters in Nairobi he was the new acting head of the peace team of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), following the August 14 announcement by former delegation head David Matsanga that he was stepping down.

"Justine Labeja will forthwith act as the leader of the peace team until the leadership of the LRA/M (Lord's Resistance Army/Movement) has pronounced itself on the matter," he said in a statement.

LRA leader Joseph Kony launched a rebellion in northern Uganda in the late 1980s that led to one of Africa's longest and most brutal civil conflicts, in which tens of thousands were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced.

The rebels and Kampala concluded negotiations in April 2008, but Kony has repeatedly refused to sign a deal already inked by the Ugandan government.

Labeja's team argued that some points in the agreement needed to be revised for Kony to come onboard and reiterated the view that the LRA leader's indictment by the International Criminal Court was a major obstacle...

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