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Burundi + 3 others
Burundi: Youth activist calls for war crimes tribunal to end impunity

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AllAfrica
INTERVIEW
Charles Cobb Jr.
Washington, DC

Sporadic fighting between rebels and government soldiers continues in Burundi despite an agreement reached in Arusha, Tanzania, in August 2000 and most recently, a December 2002 ceasefire between the government and rebel Forces of the Defence of Democracy (FDD).

The Arusha agreement between the Tutsi-dominated government and the Hutu rebels defined a transitional period divided into two equal 18-month phases; the current Tutsi President, Pierre Buyoya was given charge of the country for the first phase and has lately confirmed,

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Uganda + 1 other
Uganda: Political pluralism may curb insurgencies, analyst says

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IRIN
NAIROBI, 1 April (IRIN) - A decision by President Yoweri Museveni to allow political parties to operate freely in Uganda could help end a 17-year insurgency in northern Ugandan and increase the prospects for peace with the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), according to regional analysts.
Museveni last week indicated that he supported a multiparty system in Uganda, but said the decision should be subjected to a countrywide referendum. Addressing the ruling Movement party's top decision-making organ, the National Executive Committee (NEC), Museveni
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Sudan + 9 others
Greater Horn of Africa: Factors affecting food availability

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DRCongo set to agree on democracy after years of turmoil

by Rose-Marie Bruballa
KINSHASA, March 31 (AFP) - The Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) government will meet representatives from rebel groups and the political opposition in Sun City this week, in talks aimed at sealing peace and power-sharing accords after more than four years of civil war.

The talks at the luxury South African resort on Tuesday and Wednesday should pave the way for the first democratic elections in the vast central African country since those on independence from Belgium four decades ago.

Former Botswanan President Ketumile Masire,

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DRC: UN dismisses claims of Rwandan troops in DR Congo

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IRIN
KINSHASA, 31 March (IRIN) - The UN secretary-general's representative in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Amos Namanga Ngongi, dismissed on Friday claims that Rwandan troops had re-entered the DRC.
Speaking to reporters at the Kinshasa headquarters of the UN Mission in the DRC, known as MONUC, Ngongi said the Ituri District was tense, despite the presence of Ugandan troops mandated to ensure security under an agreement reached in September 2002 between presidents Joseph Kabila of the DRC and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.

The Roman Catholic bishop of Beni-Butembo,

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CAR-Uganda: Ex-CAR President Kolinga not in Uganda, minister says

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IRIN
NAIROBI, 31 March (IRIN) - The Ugandan government has denied that the former president of Central African Republic, Andre Kolingba, is in exile in Kampala, according to the Ugandan state-owned New Vision.
An official of Kolingba's party told IRIN on 24 March that Kolingba was ready to return home from Kampala if CAR's new president, Francoise Bozize, granted him an amnesty.

Uganda's minister of state for regional cooperation, Col Kahinda Otafiire, is quoted in the New Vision on Thursday as saying, "I am not briefed about his [Kolingba's] presence in Uganda

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Humanitarian Update - Uganda, Volume V, Issue 3

March 2003
Food insecurity remains a concern in Karamoja

The impact of low food stocks in Karamoja continued to show with reports of continued deteriorating health and nutritional status of people in Kotido, Moroto and Nakapiripirit. In late March, Kabong Hospital and the Church of Uganda clinic in Kotido reported higher rates of malnutrition amongst under five-year-olds than had been the case in previous years at the same period. It is hoped that WFP food distributions and the onset of rains will alleviate the situation. Generally, however,

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Eritrea + 7 others
FEWS Greater Horn of Africa Food Security Update 31 Mar 2003

Summary
Drier than normal conditions in most of Tanzania will affect crop production in much of the country. The impact on 2003/04 crop production has not yet been quantified but may have implications for both domestic food availability and maize exports to southern Africa.

Additional food aid pledges and distributions in Eritrea and Ethiopia are needed to take the food insecure households through the May to October hunger period. The food aid pipeline is secure only through May in Eritrea and the end of June in Ethiopia.

The onset of the 2003 rainfall season

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Ethiopia + 3 others
Field Exchange Mar 2003: Minimum standards in post-emergency phase

Summary of online published paper1
In the acute phase of complex humanitarian emergencies, assessment data on service delivery and health outcomes for interventions are increasingly being gathered to develop an evidence base for policies. However, for the post-emergency phase, there has been little equivalent study and no comprehensive programme guidelines currently exist. A recent study aimed to identify associations between agespecific mortality and health indicators in displaced people in post-emergency phase camps,
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Malawi + 1 other
Field Exchange Mar 2003: Malawi, Uganda - HIV/AIDS, livelihoods and food security

With increasing concerns regarding the impact of HIV/AIDS on people's livelihoods, there is growing need to reorientate agriculture, food and nutrition security programs to take account of HIV/AIDS, and to fill critical gaps in our knowledge where these exist. RENEWAL - the Regional Network on HIV/AIDS, Rural Livelihoods and Food Security - is a capacity development/action research initiative based in east Africa, which aims to foster proactive linkages between national agricultural and public health organisations, and between academia and policy makers.
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Afghanistan + 17 others
WFP Emergency Report No. 13 of 2003

This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Iraq, (2) Iran, (3) Afghanistan

B) East and Central Africa: (1) Eritrea, (2) Uganda, (3) DR Congo, (4) Burundi

C) Southern Africa: (1) Madagascar, (2) Mozambique, (3) Zimbabwe, (4) Malawi, (5) Zambia, (6) Angola, (7) Lesotho, (8) Swaziland

D) Asia: (1) DPR Korea

E) Latin America and Caribbean: (1) Colombia, (2) Ecuador

From David Morton, Director of the Transport, Preparedness and Response Division (OTP); available on the Internet on the WFP Home Page (www.wfp.org),

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Uganda: 23 dead in cholera outbreak

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IRIN
NAIROBI, 26 March (IRIN) - An outbreak of cholera has hit Uganda's western border district of Bundibugyo, killing 23 people over the past month, according to a senior health official in the district.
William Sichauna, the Bundibugyo district director of health services, told IRIN on Wednesday that 235 cholera cases had been received in the local hospital over the past month. Of these, 23 had died.

According to the medical officer, the epidemic had its origins in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and was being spread by civilians who were crossing the border into Uganda.

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DRC-Uganda: Some 400 rebels in northeast surrender to Ugandan army

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IRIN
NAIROBI, 26 March (IRIN) - The Ugandan army has said that between 401 and 425 fighters of Thomas Lubanga's rebel Union des patriotes congolais (UPC), which it expelled from Bunia on 6 March, have surrendered because they want to participate in the peace process.
Argence France-Presse and the Ugandan government-owned newspaper, The New Vision, reported on Wednesday that representatives of the group, which had been active in the Ituri District of Orientale Province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, announced their surrender after meeting officials of the Uganda People's Defence
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Uganda: Rebels kill government peace envoy

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IRIN
NAIROBI, 26 March (IRIN) - Rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) reportedly killed a government peace envoy on Monday, dampening hopes for a peaceful end to the 17-year insurgency in northern Uganda.
Media reports said Okech Kuru, a Ugandan army officer, was killed on Monday at Lapul, a sub county of Pader district, during a peace mission. He had established contact with the rebel group to deliver a message and some communication equipment to an LRA commander, Charles Tabuley, Uganda's independent 'Monitor' newspaper reported.

The Ugandan government has strongly condemned

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RDC-Ouganda: Plus de 400 rebelles du nord-est se rendent à l'armée ougandaise

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IRIN
NAIROBI, 26 mars (IRIN) - L'armée ougandaise a révélé qu'entre 401 et 425 combattants du mouvement de Thomas Lubanga, l'Union des patriotes congolais (UPC), se sont rendus parce qu'ils voulaient participer au processus de paix. L'UPC est ce mouvement rebelle que les Ougandais ont chassé de Bunia, le 6 mars.
L'Agence France-Presse et le journal New Vision, propriété du Gouvernement ougandais, ont indiqué que des représentants de ce groupe rebelle, qui opérait dans le district de l'Ituri de la province Orientale (République démocratique du Congo), ont annoncé leur capitulation
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AU urges Rwanda, Uganda to abide by DR Congo peace pacts

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission, Amara Essy has called on Rwanda and Uganda to refrain from any action that could jeopardise the ongoing peace and reconciliation process in neighbouring DR Congo.
In a statement issued here Wednesday, Essy said that after Rwanda and Uganda announced the withdrawal of their troops from DR Congo "the new tension between the two countries is inopportune and very alarming."

He expressed grave concern over the tensions in northeastern DR Congo and in the localities of Bunia, Beni, Butembo,

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Sudan + 1 other
Rebels kill Ugandan peace messenger

KAMPALA, March 25 (AFP) - Suspected rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) killed a Ugandan army soldier sent by mediators to try and make contact with them with a view to starting peace talks, officials said Tuesday.

Captain Okech Kuru was killed on Monday in the bushes of Lapul sub-county of the northern Pader district where he gone to meet rebel representatives and deliver to them two mobile telephones, according to Betty Akech, a member of a government team trying to engage the LRA in dialogue.

Kuru was a former LRA fighter who quit the rebel group and joined the army.

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Declaration by the EU Presidency on the recent ceasefire declarations in Uganda

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European Union
The EU welcomes the recent ceasefire declarations by the Lord's Resistance Army and the Ugandan Government.
The EU hopes that these declarations will lead to a sustained cessation of hostilities and to peace talks.

The EU extends its appreciation of the work of the Acholi religious and traditional leaders in helping to create the conditions for a ceasefire.

The EU calls on all parties to seize this opportunity to make progress through dialogue and help bring an end to this 16-year conflict.

The Acceding Countries Cyprus, the Czech

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DRC-Uganda: Ugandan military will not prolong stay in Ituri, says officer

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IRIN
NAIROBI, 24 March (IRIN) - The Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) are not interested in prolonging their stay in Ituri District, northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), since they have achieved their objectives, Kale Kaihura, the military assistant to President Yoweri Museveni, said on Sunday.
Government-owned Radio Uganda quoted a statement by Kaihura, saying the UN and all signatories to the Lusaka Peace Accord should identify a third party to take over security in Ituri. The UPDF ousted Thomas Lubanga's Union des patriotes congolais (UPC) from
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