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Acholi leaders call for peace talks

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This most recent round of armed hostilities followed the weekend theft and destruction of some 300,000 doses of various vaccines (IRIN)

Acholi religious leaders have appealed to the government to declare the region a disaster zone and enter into immediate negotiations with the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the semi-official ‘New Vision’ reported yesterday. “We think we have reached the bottom line in which it is clear that military means will not solve the problem,” a statement signed by three bishops and two sheikhs from Gulu and Kitgum said. It warned that two Ugandas were being created, a rich and stable south and a poor and desperate north. The religious leaders also appealed to the LRA, as a sign of goodwill, to release its child captives or risk destroying “our own culture and its values.”

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