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DR Congo, Uganda join forces to track down LRA rebels

Posted by African Press International on August 29, 2008

The armed forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo and those of Uganda are gearing up for joint operations to track down fighters of the Ugandan rebel group, the Lords Resistance Army (LRA), based at the border between the two countries in the Orientale Province (north-eastern DRC).

A source close to the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC) revealed this information to APA without giving further details on the nature of the operation or on the date of its beginning.

During a news conference on Wednesday, the MONUC military spokesman Jean-Paul Dietrich stressed that the MONUC troops and the DRC armed forces (FARDC) will no longer accept any harassment of the Ugandan LRA on the population of Ituri and the Orientale Provinces.

Dietrich however stated that three LRA elements surrendered to the UN forces last week, which brings to 10 the number of people who recently deserted the LRA.

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API/Source.apa

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