Friday, November 12, 2004

Uganda: did he or didn't he?

Published in yesterdays New Vision...
THE Government yesterday said it had not received any requests for passports from the Lord's Resistance Army to enable the rebel leaders to travel abroad for peace talks.

Internal affairs minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said, "We have not received any request for passports or for peace talks." (source)
IRIN reported a couple of days ago that Ayela Odongo, a lawyer based in Kampala, had told the government that Kony was willing to hold talks outside the country ...
Saying that his team of emissaries had carried messages from the LRA to the government, Odongo noted that some government officials had not been very positive. However, President Yoweri Museveni's office had given them encouragement. (source)
UPDATE: Okay, accordign to the Nov. 14 edition of The Monitor, Kony did make an offer ...
Mr Julius Onen, the Foreign Affairs permanent secretary, said that the process [regarding the offer of talks] was being "handled on a different level". Mr Museveni told journalists recently that he was considering Kony's peace overtures and would make an announcement after.

However, while speaking in Luweero on Thursday, the President appeared dismissive of the rebels saying Kony is defeated and that is why he is pleading for talks. (source)