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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 July 2006, 22:14 GMT 23:14 UK
Key Uganda rebel 'attends talks'
Vincent Otti, LRA deputy leader
Vincent Otti has been indicted by the International Criminal Court
The deputy leader of Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), Vincent Otti, has attended peace talks in a clearing on the DR Congo-Sudan border.

The talks are aimed at persuading rebel leaders to end 20 years of conflict.

Mr Otti is among LRA leaders indicted by the International Criminal Court over their bloody campaign, which has cost thousands of civilian lives.

Ugandan elders and church leaders and southern Sudan are expected to meet the LRA head, Joseph Kony, on Sunday.

Both he and Mr Otti declined to attend earlier talks in Juba in southern Sudan because of security concerns.

Kony's wives attend

At Saturday's talks, mediators from southern Sudan accompanied Ugandan community leaders and relatives of the rebels to the meeting place - a remote jungle clearing in southern Sudan now shared by more than 100 elders, rebels, soldiers and journalists.

The aim of this trip is to convince rebel leaders to leave the safety of their jungle hideout and come to the next round of talks in Juba, says the BBC's Jonah Fisher in Sudan.

Four of Joseph Kony's wives have been brought to him on this trip - the latest in a series of efforts to persuade Mr Kony that now is the time to make peace, our correspondent says.

Two months ago, southern Sudan presented him with $20,000 in cash.

The Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, has offered an amnesty to the LRA leaders if they agree to give up their weapons.


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