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Ugandan Govt Team To Meet Rebel Commanders

A Ugandan government team led by Minister of Internal Affairs Ruhakana Rugunda is expected to meet Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) deputy-in-command Vincent Otti and other rebel commanders at Ngomo-romo near the border with Sudan. According to state-owned newspaper The New Vision on Tuesday, the meeting will be the first direct peace talks between the two sides since the ceasefire started on Nov. 15. The former minister for northern Uganda pacification, Betty Bigombe, who is currently spearheading peace talks between the government and LRA rebels, is set to shift her base on Tuesday from Gulu to Ngomo-romo, which is outside the ceasefire zone. Security sources in Gulu district were quoted as saying that Bigombe will leave for Ngomo-romo in the northern county of Lamwo,3 km from the border with Sudan to meet the LRA commanders. Bigombe was on Monday holding a series of peace meetings with traditional leaders and the military to see how they would travel on Tuesday to meet the LRA commanders. Security sources said Otti and other rebel commanders were heading towards Uganda after meeting with rebel leader Joseph Konyin southern Sudan. President Yoweri Museveni recently extended the ceasefire to Dec. 31 to allow direct talks with the rebel commanders. Full Story

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