SECURITY COUNCIL STRONGLY CONDEMNS ATTACKS BY LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, SOUTHERN SUDAN

22 December 2008
SC/9555

SECURITY COUNCIL STRONGLY CONDEMNS ATTACKS BY LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, SOUTHERN SUDAN

22 December 2008
Security Council
SC/9555
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Security Council

6058th Meeting (AM)

SECURITY COUNCIL STRONGLY CONDEMNS ATTACKS BY LORD’S RESISTANCE ARMY

IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, SOUTHERN SUDAN

Presidential Statement also Condemns Repeated Failure

Of LRA Leader Joseph Kony to Sign Peace Agreement Negotiated with Uganda

The Council today strongly condemned the recent attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Southern Sudan, and demanded that LRA cease its recruitment and use of children and release immediately all women, children and other non-combatants.

In a statement read by this month’s President, Nevin Jurica ( Croatia), the Council also condemned the repeated failure of Joseph Kony to sign the Final Peace Agreement negotiated between the Government of Uganda and LRA.

Recalling that the International Criminal Court had issued arrest warrants for certain LRA leaders on charges of, among other things, war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and the enlistment of children through abduction, the Council reaffirmed that ending impunity was essential for a society recovering from conflict to come to terms with past abuses and to prevent their recurrence.

The Council welcomed the re-establishment of peace and security in northern Uganda and encouraged the country’s Government to honour its commitment to accelerate reconciliation, recovery and development in that region through rapid implementation of its Peace, Recovery and Development Plan.

The Council expressed its appreciation for the efforts undertaken by Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique, as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for LRA-affected areas, and agreed with his recommendation that the peace efforts should continue.

At the end of the meeting, the President bade farewell to the five outgoing members, Belgium, Indonesia, Italy, Panama and South Africa, and commended them for their hard work and contributions during their 2007-2008 term on the Council.

The meeting started at 11:51 a.m. and adjourned at 11:57 a.m.

Presidential Statement

The full text of presidential statement S/PRST/2008/48 reads as follows:

“The Security Council is grateful for the efforts undertaken by His Excellency Mr. Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique, as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)-affected areas.  The Council expresses its appreciation for his briefing of 17 December 2008, and agrees with his recommendation that the peace efforts should continue.  The Council welcomes President Chissano’s readiness to continue in his role for a further period.

“The Security Council reiterates its welcome for the Final Peace Agreement (FPA), negotiated between the Government of Uganda and the LRA, and reached through the Juba Peace Process.  The Council commends the Government of Uganda for its continued commitment to the FPA and its investment in the peace process.

“The Security Council condemns the repeated failure of Joseph Kony to sign the FPA.  It calls upon the LRA to sign and honour the FPA immediately and to begin the process of disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration to ensure a peaceful, political solution.

“The Security Council strongly condemns the recent attacks by the LRA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Southern Sudan, which pose a continuing threat to regional security.  It demands that the LRA cease its recruitment and use of children and that it release immediately all women, children and other non combatants, in accordance with Security Council resolution 1612 (2005).   The Council reiterates its deep concern at the long-running and brutal insurgency by the LRA, which has caused the death, abduction and displacement of thousands of innocent civilians in Uganda, the Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“The Security Council recalls the International Criminal Court arrest warrants for certain LRA leaders on charges of, among other things, war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and the enlistment of children through abduction.  The Council recalls its statement of June 2006 (PRST/2006/28), and reaffirms that it attaches vital importance to promoting justice and the rule of law, including respect for human rights, as an indispensable element for lasting peace.  The Council reaffirms that ending impunity is essential for a society recovering from conflict to come to terms with past abuses committed against civilians and to prevent their recurrence.

“The Security Council commends the States in the region for their increased cooperation, and welcomes the joint efforts they have made to address the security threat posed by the LRA.  The Council calls upon these States to ensure that all actions are carried out in accordance with international humanitarian, human rights and refugee law, and to take appropriate measures to protect civilians.  The Council encourages these States to keep the United Nations missions in the region informed about their actions.

“The Security Council welcomes the re-establishment of peace and security in northern Uganda.  It encourages the Government of Uganda, with the support of international partners, to honour its commitment to accelerate reconciliation, recovery and development in that region through rapid implementation of its Peace, Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) and relevant agenda items in the FPA and to disburse anticipated financing for the PRDP without delay. 

“The Security Council will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

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