SEPTEMBER 1, 2009: Leaders Approve New Military Offensive Against LRA

African Leaders Approve Fresh Military Offensive Against Ugandan Rebels

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - African leaders ended a two-day special summit on resolution of regional conflicts here on Tuesday, with a declaration calling for renewed military action against Ugandan rebel group, the Lords Resistance Army (LRA).

The LRA has been blamed for worsening humanitarian crisis in North-Eastern Congo.

The African leaders called for renewed military action against the rebel group to neutralise its destabilising activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan and the Central African Republic (CAR), from where hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced.

The Ugandan government, along with the Southern Sudan government and the DRC, launched a military offensive against the rebel group in late 2008.

However, the military offensive left the group barely unshaken and its leaders later met journalists in Nairobi, Kenya, and announced that the group might re-enter Northern Uganda.

In recent weeks, LRA has been accused of the killing and displacement of local populations in the three countries where it operates.

African leaders, in their new action plan against conflicts in the continent, efforts to renew the military activities against the rebel group and bring an end to its atrocities should be given priority for peace to prevail in the region...

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