Rebel Kony to Sign Peace Deal in Bush

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Joseph Kony, Uganda's Lords Resistance Army rebel chief, will sign a final peace deal with the government on the South Sudan-Congo border two days before an official ceremony, South Sudanese officials have said. Riek Machar, South Sudan's Vice President has been chairing long-running negotiations between the two sides in Juba. Kony, leader of the shadowy Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), has never attended the talks in person, fearing arrest and extradition to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Kony and two of his top deputies are wanted for multiple war crimes by ICC prosecutors in The Hague. During a two-decade insurgency, their fighters became notorious for mutilating their victims and abducting thousands of children. Gabriel Changson Chang, Sudan's Information Minister told Reuters that here will be two signatures ... Kony in his headquarters in Ri-Kwangba on April 3 and the Ugandan president will come to sign here in Juba on April 5th. Rebel representatives in Juba say they will leave for Ri-Kwangba with the document on Tuesday. Ri-Kwangba lies on the remote frontier between South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Kony's refusal to leave camps in Congo will frustrate Ugandan government negotiators, who say they expect him to emerge from hiding to sign. The Government of Uganda expects Kony to come to Juba and sign the final Peace Agreement. The deal calls for LRA fighters to disarm within a month after it is signed. Fearing prosecution, the rebels have repeatedly insisted any final peace deal be contingent on the ICC scrapping its arrest warrants first, while the government says it will only ask for that after an agreement has been signed.

 

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