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UGANDA: Gov’t warns of pending offensive should LRA talks collapse

The Ugandan government is certain of military success against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) should the rebel group prove to be less serious about dialogue, the defence minister said. “Just in case they are not that serious, the UPDF [Uganda People’s Defence Force] will continue its offensive,” Amama Mbabazi, Uganda’s Minister of Defence, told parliament in a statement on Monday evening. “We are certain of victory. The current effort at peaceful resolution, mainly initiated by some LRA rebel commanders, has been welcome by [the] government.” The minister, who depicted a picture of relative peace in the country, was giving the general state of security in the East African country, whose northern region has been devastated by an 18-year war between the government and the LRA. Full Story

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