The International Criminal Court, ICC, has called for the international community to put a stop to aid supplies to the Lord's Resistance Army, LRA, in order to put the squeeze on its leader Joseph Kony.
In an exclusive interview with Institute for War and Peace Reporting, ICC deputy prosecutor Beatrice Le Fraper du Hellen said international efforts now have to focus on capturing Kony, because peace talks between the LRA and the Ugandan government have practically collapsed. Le Fraper du Hellen said cutting off the aid supply must be a priority.
Last October, South Sudan, which was mediating United Nations-financed peace talks between representatives of the Ugandan government the rebels in Juba, agreed that the LRA should be provided with food aid on condition that the rebels remained in Garamba National Park, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, while negotiations proceeded. The talks are supported financially through the Juba Initiative Fund, overseen by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, OCHA, which disperses funds to the participants.
The international Catholic relief agency Caritas was separately contracted by South Sudan to organize and deliver aid
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