By Henry Mukasa and Agencies
The UN Security Council on Tuesday expressed concern over the â€˜troubling humanitarian situationâ€™ in northern Uganda and told the LRA rebels to cease hostilities and the Government to talk peace.
Ambassador Ellen Margrethe LÃ¸j of Denmark, the Council President for May, in a statement said the 15-member council, during a closed-door briefing by UN emergency relief coordinator Jan Egeland, had discussed the worldâ€™s greatest humanitarian challenges, all of which are in Africa.
â€œAs regards northern Uganda, members of the council condemned the atrocities carried out by the Lordâ€™s Resistance Army (LRA) and called on the rebels to cease all acts of violence and enter into peace negotiations,â€ said LÃ¸j.
She said council members expressed hope that a peaceful solution to the conflict could be achieved and encouraged the Government to seek and facilitate such a solution.
â€œWeâ€™ve had atrocious massacres and mutilations of civilians in the last few weeks again,â€ Egeland said before briefing the council. He called the LRA â€œpossibly the worldâ€™s most brutal insurgency groupâ€ and said unlike Sudanâ€™s Darfur region, the issue of northern Uganda was not getting enough international attention.