22 March 2007
Security Council
SC/8976

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Security Council

5644th Meeting* (PM)


SECURITY COUNCIL STRESSES SUPPORT FOR NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT


BETWEEN GOVERNMENT OF UGANDA, LORDíS RESISTANCE ARMY

 


Presidential Statement, Noting Improved Situation in Northern

Uganda , Urges Further Efforts to Improve Humanitarian Development Support


Stressing its support for a negotiated settlement between the Government of Uganda and the Lordís Resistance Army and noting the improved security and humanitarian situation in northern Uganda, the Security Council this afternoon urged the international community and Ugandaís Government to sustain and improve humanitarian and development support.


In a statement read by its President, Dumisani S. Kumalo (South Africa), the Council commended the Government of Southern Sudan and others for their efforts to further a long-term and peaceful solution to the conflict, reiterated that those responsible for serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law must be brought to justice, and urged that the peace process be concluded expeditiously.†


The Council welcomed the meeting between Ugandaís Government and the Lordís Resistance Army on 11 March, with community representatives present, and the progress made towards a resumption of talks.† It looked forward to further progress in the talks and the renewal of the cessation of hostilities agreement.† The Council also welcomed the efforts undertaken by Joaquim Chissano, the Secretary-Generalís Special Envoy for the areas affected by the Lordís Resistance Army and former President of Mozambique.


The Council further urged the Lordís Resistance Army to immediately release all women, children and other non-combatants, in accordance with resolution 1612 (2005) on children and armed conflict.


The meeting, which began at 5:50 p.m., ended at 5:55 p.m.


Presidential Statement


The full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2007/6 reads as follows:


ďThe Security Council recalls and reaffirms its presidential statement of 16 November 2006 (S/PRST/2006/45) on talks between the Government of the Republic of Uganda and the Lordís Resistance Army (LRA),


ďThe Security Council stresses its support for a negotiated settlement, commends the Government of Southern Sudan and others for their efforts to further a long-term and peaceful solution to the conflict, reiterates that those responsible for serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law must be brought to justice, and urges that the peace process be concluded expeditiously,


ďThe Security Council urges LRA to immediately release all women, children and other non-combatants, in accordance with Security Council resolution 1612 (2005) on children and armed conflict,


ďThe Security Council welcomes the appointment of, and efforts undertaken so far by, His Excellency Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique, as the Secretary-Generalís Special Envoy for the LRA-affected areas, as set out in the Secretary-Generalís letter of 30 November 2006 to the President of the Security Council (S/2006/930), welcomes his briefing to the Security Council on 22 March 2007, and looks forward to his continued engagement on the issue,


ďThe Security Council welcomes the meeting between the Government of Uganda and LRA on 11 March, with community representatives present, and the progress made towards a resumption of talks. †The Security Council looks forward to further progress in the talks and the renewal of the cessation of hostilities agreement,


ďThe Security Council commends the support provided to the talks by States in the region, welcomes contributions to the United Nations Juba Initiative Project, and urges the United Nations Secretariat and the countries and regional actors involved to provide further support where possible to Special Envoy Chissano and the mediation team,


ďThe Security Council notes the improved security and humanitarian situation in northern Uganda but looks forward to further progress on improving the living conditions for civilians there, and urges the international community and the Government of Uganda to sustain and improve humanitarian and development support, including through Ugandaís Emergency Action Plan as overseen by the Joint Monitoring Committee.Ē


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*†††† The 5643rd Meeting was closed.



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