Peace talks between the LRA and Ugandan government are entering their fourth day in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Talks began on Friday night as both sides expressed their commitment to ending the war. However, talks became tense as the LRA delegation warned the government to not underestimate its fighting power. After threatening to walk out of talks, the government presented an offer to the rebels of amnesty and reintegration packages in exchange for disarmament and demobilization. The LRA responded with their position paper, calling for the Ugandan military to be disbanded, IDP camps to be dismantled and reparations for past ills caused by the government. Talks today are expected to focus on a ceasefire.
While talks have continued, news has arisen that top LRA leaders Vincent Otti and Joseph Kony are organizing parallel talks for themselves with traditional Acholi leaders. Kony and Otti have said they are tired of fighting and ready to disarm after meeting with local leaders. This announcement signals that an end to the war may truly be in sight.
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