Pressure is mounting against LRA, says African envoy

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Francisco Caetano Jose Madeira (left)

A senior African diplomat has called for support in the efforts to eliminate Ugandan rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) operating in countries of the Central African region.

Ambassador Francisco Madeira, the African Union Special Envoy for LRA Issues, briefed the Security Council on Wednesday on the operations of the Regional Task Force against the LRA.

The force of just over 3,000 troops from Uganda, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic, is supported by military advisers from the United States.

Ambassador Madeira told the Security Council that after a disruption caused by the coup in the Central African Republic early this year, the force resumed its operations on 5 August.

"The operations are ongoing on a high tempo and with intense intelligence collection, destruction of LRA camps and denying them permanent bases in all sectors. The current military pressure has kept the LRA, including its leader Joseph Kony on the run.” This heightened pressure forced the LRA to try his time-tested tricks of buying time by duping the CAR authorities into negotiations to purportedly allow Kony and his LRA to surrender and resettle in Nzako Central African Republic." (35")

Ambassador Madeira said the military pressure against the LRA will continue until Kony and his top commanders, particularly those who are wanted by the International Criminal Court, surrender or are removed from the battlefield.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

Duration: 1'47"

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