UN unanimously backs offensive against Lord's Resistance Army
The UN Security Council has unanimously backed a joint military offensive by Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and southern Sudan against the Lord's Resistance Army but urged the offensive to be conducted in line with international law.
REUTERS - The U.N. Security Council on Monday backed a recent military offensive by
The 15-member council issued a unanimous statement Monday that "commends the states in the region for their increased cooperation, and welcomes the joint efforts they have made to address the security threat posed by the LRA."
Kony's soldiers have waged a two-decade war against
Thousands of people have been killed and about 2 million displaced by the rebel group, infamous for mutilating its victims and kidnapping women and children.
Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, a U.N. special envoy to northern
The Security Council statement condemned Kony's failure to sign the peace accord, as well as recent attacks by the LRA in
The council also urged
A rebel spokesman said on Monday Kony escaped the attack by regional armies and is hiding in the Central African Republic but still holds out the possibility of a peace deal.
LRA spokesman David Matsanga said in
The self-proclaimed prophet and two of his deputies have been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court in
Recalling the ICC arrest warrants, the council said it "reaffirms that ending impunity is essential for a society recovering from conflict to come to terms with past abuses committed against civilians and to prevent their recurrence."
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