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Ugandan peace deal: What about the ICC?


Fergus Hanson


25 February 2008 12:10

This Saturday there was more progress resolving Uganda’s long running civil war with the signing of a permanent ceasefire. This brings the government and Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) one step closer to a final peace settlement. But the big unresolved issue since the latest round of peace talks began is still hovering: what to do about the four outstanding indictments the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague has issued against the LRA’s leadership?

According to this article Kampala will ask the ICC to rescind its indictments against LRA leader, Jospeh Kony, and two of his commanders once the final deal is in place. It quotes Uganda's Interior Minister as saying 'all documents and the necessary mechanisms are in place' for this to be done. That would appear to skate over the fact the ICC has no authority to ‘rescind’ indictments it has already issued as the Prosecutor has previously emphasised. In the world of international law and politics possibilities exist, but they won't look good if they involve letting Kony and other LRA leaders off the hook for inflicting decades of misery. Of course, the whole deal hinges on the presumption the LRA is genuinely seeking peace which is something it's track record would suggest is not assured.  

Throwing light on this bitter conflict Archbishop John Odama, who played a key role in brokering the recent ceasefire, will speak at the Lowy Institute this Wednesday. If you missed out on a place you will be able to listen to the podcast which will be up on our website the next day.