1200 LRA Fighters Set To Defect - UN

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According to Xinhua, the Chinese news agency, the UN has sent a Senegalese General Babacar Gueye to CAR to meet 1200 rebel fighters who have agreed to lay down their weapons.

The United Nations says it has received information from the Lord’s Resistance Army fighters in Central African Republic that the group is willing to lay down their arms after 27 years of armed conflict.
 
According to Xinhua, the Chinese news agency, the UN is in touch with over 1200 rebel fighters who have agreed to lay down their weapons. The UN has sent a team to meet up with the rebels, according to Xinhua.
 
The team that is led by a Senegalese General Babacar Gueye will head to Nzoka which is 40 kilometres from the South Sudan border to meet with the force to oversee the process which is expected to start on Wednesday.
 
Uganda’s Chief of Defence Forces General Katumba Wamala told journalists at a prèss conference in Mbuya today that the UN had given them information of a pending defection but he says they are watching the developments closely.
 
Recent reports from Resolve LRA said the force was left with 500 fighters and that 254 of them are armed in the areas of Djema in Central African Republic. LRA has been on the run fleeing fighting from the Ugandan army, the UPDF assisted by American marines. But the operation was halted after the Seleka rebels overthrew the government of CAR President Francois Bozize.
 
Invisible Children, an NGO that has close interest in LRA also told URN that they were aware that the UN had sent a team to CAR over what is believed to be a ‘large LRA defection and disarmament’.
 
LRA’s group leader Joseph Kony and two of his commanders others are wanted by the International Criminal Court to answer to charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes. Kony started and sustained a 20 year civil war in Northern Uganda seeking to topple the government and run the country on what he termed as the ‘Ten Commandments’. He is rumoured to be hiding in Kafia Kingi at the border with Sudan.

 

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