- October 17, 2008
- News & Analysis
The International Herald Tribune has joined Ugandan media sources in covering the visit of Jendayi Frazer, US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, to Kampala. On Wednesday, Frazer said that the U.S. would support regional efforts to apprehend LRA rebels if peace talks fail. “We feel that we have the basis, especially under the U.N. Security Council resolutions, to assist an effort to mop up the LRA,” said Jendayi Frazer, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs. For the rebels, “the peace talks are their way out. The other way is a renewed effort to apprehend them, and we would certainly support those efforts,” Frazer said. While this signals much greater attention by Washington to the 21-year conflict, most civil society groups would like to see the U.S. put more energy into supporting the peace talks before preparing a military “Plan B.” Military threats can bring leverage to negotiations, but they also run the risk of diminishing confidence and trust. The war-weary people of northern Uganda believe the current peace talks are the best chance to end their nightmare.