6 October 2004

Uganda To Sign Peace Treaty Soon

Kampala — Uganda will in the next two weeks sign a non-aggression treaty with its neighbours, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sudan and Rwanda, defence minister Amama Mbabazi has said.

Mbabazi said this yesterday at a consultative workshop on the implications of the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigations on human rights and the peace process in Uganda.

The workshop was held at the International Conference Centre. It was organised by the Uganda Human Rights Comm-ission.

Mbabazi said when the pact is signed, it is expected there will be no more cases of the countries supporting each other's rebel groups.

"In two weeks time, we are going to sign an agreement with neighbouring countries in the Great Lakes region like Rwanda and DRC meaning that we will not suffer insecurity from them anymore," Mbabazi, who is also the Attorney General, said.

Mbabazi said the ICC Bill 2004 would domesticate the ICC statue and make it consistent with the laws of Uganda.

He did not give the details of what the contents of the pact will be.

Mbabazi said Sudan had been able to succumb to international pressure to stop supporting the LRA.

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