Uganda file: a fruit ripe for the picking

13 June 2005 by HEIKELINA VERRIJN STUART

Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army [LRA, the rebel movement in northern Uganda], and another LRA chief would be the object of the first arrest warrants issued by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court [ICC], the French daily Le Monde revealed on 10 June. For the last two months, the silence surrounding the maturation of the Uganda file has generated much speculation over the strategies being pursued.

"In working towards an end to violence, all parties [have] agreed to continue to integrate the dialogue for peace, the ICC and the processes of traditional justice and reconciliation." Such was the conclusion of the 18 April joint declaration between the ICC Prosecutor, Luis Moreno Ocampo, and representatives from Ugandan civil society visiting The Hague *see IJT n° 24+. The prosecutor's message was clear: "As soon as there is a solution to end the violence and if the prosecution is not serving the interests of justice, then my duty is to stop the investigation".

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