New Vision (Kampala)
October 13, 2005
Posted to the web October 13, 2005
Sudan has given the Ugandan army the green light to hunt for the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels wherever they hide in Sudan, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Sudan assured Kampala that it would join the hunt along with the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), the deputy Ugandan army spoke-sman, Maj Felix Kuraije, said.
Ugandan and Sudanese military officials and former SPLA rebel fighters, would meet in Juba on Wednesday to discuss joint anti-LRA operations.
"The agreement means that the LRA will have nowhere to hide and that they will now face three forces," Kuraije said. "The agreement brings the SPLA on board for the first time. We are allowed to use our aircrafts but they have to coordinate with the ground forces and intelligence."
The agreement was valid for one month and it was not yet clear whether it was renewable, he added.
The move comes shortly after the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for LRA leader Joseph Kony and four other commanders.