New Vision (Kampala)

20 July 2004

Uganda: Orombi Calls for External Help

Kampala — THE Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Henry Luke Orombi, has asked the international community to pressure Joseph Kony and his rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) into peace talks with the Government.

"The international community should put pressure on Sudan and the LRA to engage in round-table talks with the Government of Uganda," Orombi said in Kampala, shortly before leaving on a visit to Gulu recently.

The trip was organised by the Church Mission Society (CMS).

A statement from the CMS said Orombi also particularly wanted to give moral support to the Bishop of Kitgum, Benjamin Ojwang, who was briefly abducted by the rebels in May and rescued by the UPDF.

"The Archbishop felt that it was important to support the Cchurch leadership facing the struggle and let people know that the Church is concerned," the statement read.

CMS East African regional manager Tim Sanders said Orombi's visit would be a great strength to the north.

"This is a solidarity visit to support the leadership of the Church. We want to stand with the Bishop, meet with clergy and worship with the people," Orombi said.

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