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Source: andnetwork.com

As part of the deal signed with the Ugandan government, both sides have now committed themselves to cease all attacks and halt hostile propaganda. The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) have been given three weeks in which to gather at two designated camps, one in northern Uganda and the other in southern Sudan.

The chief mediator, and vice-president of southern Sudan in the ongoing peace talks, Riek Machar, said “we hope that now the two principals will take action so that the guns can go silent”.

The truce is scheduled to come into effect at 0600 GMT on 29 August 2006. It is then hoped that LRA fighters will come out from their locations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and proceed to the camps. The Ugandan People's Defence Force (UPDF) have guaranteed the safety of LRA troops travelling to the camps, and the southern Sudanese forces will monitor the process.

The Ugandan government earlier said it would only agree to a truce as part of a comprehensive peace agreement, accusing the LRA of using calm in the past to resupply, recruit and re-arm its fighters.

Observers have said that if the LRA leader, Jospeh Kony, makes it to the camp within the specified three weeks, this action will go a long way towards calming fears of a resurgence in violence.

The ongoing peacetalks began in southern Sudan's capital, Juba, on 14 July 2006, and it is hoped that the renewed peace talks could end the nearly 20 year conflict which has killed tens of thousands, and displaced about two million people.

A number of leaders within the LRA, including Kony, are wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes, yet despite Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni offering them amnesty, the LRA leaders have remained in hiding within the eastern DRC's vast forests.
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