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UN supports peace talks – envoy

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th March 2007 03:00 AM

THE United Nations Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs has reaffirmed the organisation’s support for the Juba peace talks between the Lord’s resistance Army and the Government.

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THE United Nations Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs has reaffirmed the organisation’s support for the Juba peace talks between the Lord’s resistance Army and the Government.

By Badru Mulumba

THE United Nations Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs has reaffirmed the organisation’s support for the Juba peace talks between the Lord’s resistance Army and the Government.

John Holmes, as he announced a scaledown of the UN humanitarian operations in South Sudan, told reporters on Friday evening, that there would not be a complete withdrawal “of emergency relief until there’s a resolution of the LRA conflict.”

“What is clear is that we all need a resolution for the people of south Sudan and the people of northern Uganda,” Holmes said after meeting South Sudan President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar.

“There would be a risk of displacement,” he said when asked what would happen if the conflict wasn’t resolved.

The UN office for the coordination of Humanitarian Agencies has been responding to humanitarian emergencies including the displacement resulting from attacks by the LRA and other militia, and outbreaks of diseases such as meningitis and cholera.

Peace talks to end the conflict broke down in January after the rebel group made new demands.

Holme’s predecessor Jan Egeland supported the talks, and visited rebel leader Joseph Kony in an attempt to put more force into the talks.

Holmes did not say when a substantive peace agreement should be concluded.
“I can’t put a date on the resolution, neither did the vice-President,” the UN humanitarian boss said

UN supports peace talks – envoy

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