- May 27, 2008
- News & Analysis
The United States government has saluted Riek Machar and Joachim Chissano for their efforts in trying to resolve the northern conflict. Speaking at the opening of the Gulu USAID office, U.S. Ambassador Steven Browning said his government supports the Juba peace process as a means to end the war. “At the moment, much hope rests in the peace talks between the government of Uganda and LRA in Juba,” Browning said. “We appreciate the efforts of the mediators to facilitate the talks and ultimately to resolve the conflict. My government is in constant, behind-the-scenes contact with people at the table through our embassy in Kampala and our consulate in Juba.” Still, the U.S. has refused to take a public role in assisting the mediator either through funding or logistics. Browning also said his government would shift from disaster and emergency to resettlement and economic redevelopment of northern Uganda. This year, the U.S. is reportedly on track to increase its assistance to the north to more than $100 million. Read more at The Monitor.