- October 31, 2008
- From the Team
Last week’s visit to Uganda of America’s top Africa diplomat has stirred up controversy. Instead of using her visit to show U.S. support for ongoing negotiations, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Jendayi Frazer threatened military action if the LRA do not come out of the bush soon as part of the peace talks.
This kind of rhetoric risks increasing tensions and undermining the peace process. The U.S. could do so much to help these negotiations succeed if its focus were in the right place. Resolve Uganda issued this statement today in response to her visit:
13 September 2007
Resolve Uganda welcomes the increased efforts of the United States government to contribute to a lasting resolution of the twenty-one year crisis in northern Uganda, as demonstrated by the recent visit to the country by Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Jendayi Frazer and her appointment of Mr. Timothy Shortley to be Senior Adviser on Conflict Resolution. For too long, this protracted regional conflict has had catastrophic consequences for affected communities without due attention from international leaders.
Resolve Uganda further welcomes commitment from the United States to invest in humanitarian and recovery efforts in northern Uganda, particularly to help facilitate the free movement of displaced communities toward their homes of origin. Such a process will require massive increases in funding and leadership from both the Government of Uganda and international donors.
Resolve Uganda believes that sustainable peace in northern Uganda can come only through a political solution that addresses the long history of regional insecurity and displacement, as well as the rampant abuse of human rights committed by both the Lord