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Ceasefire expires in north Uganda
By Will Ross
BBC News, Kampala

Woman stands in her charred home in Barlonyo, Uganda
Uganda's peace process is extremely fragile
Ugandan government ministers are meeting in the town of Gulu to assess the impact of a ceasefire on the country's fragile peace process.

A limited 18-day ceasefire with the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels was granted by President Yoweri Museveni.

But as it expires in northern Uganda, there are calls for more attention to be focused on ending 19 years of war.

The LRA has no clear political agenda, but it has terrorised civilians and abducted tens of thousands of children.

During the last three months, efforts to bring about peace talks have made progress, with rebels and government ministers meeting face to face for the first time. However, this has not yet produced a total ceasefire.


The fragility of the peace process was increased last week when the LRA's chief negotiator, Brig Sam Kolo, surrendered.

Map of Uganda

It is expected that the International Criminal Court based in The Hague will soon issue arrest warrants for senior LRA commanders despite the concerns that this could further hamper efforts to negotiate an end to the war.

There are calls from the international community for more attention to be focused on the peace process in order to end the 19-year conflict.

The International Crisis Group has called on the Ugandan government to extend the ceasefire.

It describes the peace process as the most promising way to end the war which it says still has the potential to run a long and deadly course.

Meanwhile, the Ugandan military says three civilians were killed by LRA rebels on Monday, close to the town of Gulu.


Thousands of displaced Ugandans lost their homes when camps in the north of the country were destroyed by fire.

Children cooking food are reported to have accidentally set the camp alight, and strong winds fanned the flames.

Three people are reported to have been burnt to death and food for the camps has been destroyed.

The camps are home to over a million people.


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