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Reports: Ugandan Government, Rebel Group Sign Truce

26 August 2006

Sources close to peace talks between the Ugandan government and rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army say the two sides have agreed to a cessation of hostilities.

Reports say the two sides signed a truce Saturday in Juba, Sudan, the capital of southern Sudan's regional government. The cessation of hostilities is set to go into effect Tuesday, August 29, at 0300 GMT.

Under the deal, both sides must stop attacks and propaganda. The LRA fighters also are required to gather at supervised assembly points.

Lord's Resistance Army mediators offered no immediate comment.

The rebel group agreed to a unilateral ceasefire earlier this month, as peace talks got under way. But the Ugandan government had previously insisted that a bilateral ceasefire be part of a larger peace agreement to end the insurgency.

The 20-year-war has raged mainly in northern Uganda. It has left tens of thousands of people dead and displaced more than one million others.

Peace talks began in July in Juba, Sudan.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has offered amnesty to rebel leader Joseph Kony and his top aides if they agree to lay down their arms.

Kony and his commanders are believed to be hiding out at bases in the Democratic Republic of Congo. They face charges of war crimes from the International Criminal Court.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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