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February 12, 2008: The renewed peace negotiations are not going well. The LRA negotiating team staged a walkout, protesting what it called U.S. interference. The LRA negotiators were referring to an American proposal made this year that senior LRA leaders (like Joseph Kony) should surrender to the Ugandan government. The LRA has also unveiled a new demand. The LRA wants 35 percent of the Ugandan Army's command slots to be allotted to "people from northern and eastern Uganda." The core cadres of the LRA come from the Acholi tribe, which lives in northern Uganda.

February 8, 2008: In northern Uganda, food supplies for IDPs (internally displaced persons) are low. This will affect the Ugandan government's resettlement and returnee programs. The programs are part of the peace process with the LRA.

February 7, 2008: Because of alleged LRA attacks in South Sudan, several senior South Sudan leaders have called on the government of South Sudan to quit acting as mediator in the peace talks between the LRA and the Ugandan government.

February 4, 2008: The government denied accusations that Ugandan soldiers were involved in the violence in Kenya. This charge has been made several times in the last three weeks by various Kenyan groups in western Kenya.

The US military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) has been helping pay the costs for drilling water wells in northern Uganda (Lira, Pader and Kitgum districts).

 

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