Security Council strongly condemns attacks and atrocities by the LRA

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The UN Security Council has reiterated its strong condemnation of the attacks and atrocities carried out by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and its violations of international humanitarian law and abuses of human rights.

In a presidential statement Wednesday, the Council condemned further the LRA's recruitment and use of children in armed conflict, killing and maiming, rape, sexual slavery and other sexual violence, and abductions. It also demanded an immediate end to all attacks by the Lords Resistance Army and urges the LRA to release all those abducted, disarm and demobilise.

Council President for the month of May, Ambassador Kojo Menan of Togo says the Security Council welcomes the conclusions of the working group on children and armed conflict concerning the situation of children and armed conflict affected by the Lord's Resistance Army.

“The Security Council welcomes the development of the implementation plan for the United Nations Regional Strategy to Address the Threat and Impact of the Activities of the LRA as well as other strategic documents. The Council urges the United Nations Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), in its coordination role, as well as the United Nations political and peacekeeping missions in the region and other relevant United Nations presences to enhance their efforts in support of the implementation of the strategy, as appropriate and within the limits of their mandates and capacities. The Security Council also calls on the international community to provide assistance where possible.”

"The Security Council reiterates its support for the African Union Regional Cooperation Initiative against the LRA and welcomes the finalisation of the Concept of Operations and other strategic documents required for the operationalisation of the AU-Regional Task Force (AU-RTF), and encourages the deployment of child protection advisers.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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