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Kampala (dpa) - Government forces in December rescued 318 people, mainly children, who had been abducted by guerillas fighting in northern Uganda, an army spokesman said Tuesday.
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NAIROBI, le 23 décembre (IRIN) - La conférence régionale pour la paix et le développement ne se tiendra pas en juin 2004 comme prévu, en raison "de certains délais dans l'établissement et les activités de quelques commissions nationales préparatoires, notamment celle de la République démocratique du Congo (RDC)", a annoncé vendredi le bureau du représentant spécial du secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour les Grands Lacs.
Nairobi, 22 December (IRIN) - A regional peace and development conference will not likely take place in June 2004 as had been foreseen, owing to "some delays in the setting up and operations of some National Preparatory Committees, notably that of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)", the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region reported on Friday.
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KAMPALA, 22 December (IRIN) - UN officials have hailed the recent repatriation of former Ugandan rebels operating in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as a "breakthrough in the normalisation of relations between Uganda and Congo", adding that it would be useful in convincing other Ugandan rebels still at large in eastern DRC to return.
KAMPALA, le 22 décembre (IRIN) - Les responsables de la mission des Nations Unies en République démocratique du Congo (RDC) ont salué le récent rapatriement d'anciens rebelles ougandais opérant en RDC. Ils ont qualifié cet événement "d'avancée décisive pour la normalisation des relations entre l'Ouganda et le Congo". La MONUC a encore estimé que cette importante étape devrait inciter d'autres rebelles ougandais encore présents en RDC à quitter le territoire.
This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Iraq, (2) Afghanistan
B) East and Central Africa: (1) DR Congo, (2) Burundi, (3) Rwanda, (4) Uganda, (5) Sudan, (6) Eritrea, (7) Ethiopia, (8) Somalia
C) West Africa: (1) Mauritania, (2) Guinea, (3) Sierra Leone, (4) Liberia, (5) Côte d'Ivoire
D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Namibia, (3) Angola, (4) Zambia, (5) Zimbabwe, (6) Malawi, (7) Mozambique, (8) Swaziland, (9) Lesotho, (10) Madagascar
E) Asia: (1) Bhutan, (2) Indonesia, (3) DPR Korea
This summary outlines the main findings of the newly updated country profile on internal displacement in Uganda. The profile was prepared by the Global IDP Project of the Norwegian Refugee Council, which monitors and analyses internal displacement in over 50 countries worldwide. The full country profile is available from the Project's Database (www.idpproject.org), or upon request by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
GENEVA, 18 December 2003 - Uganda's donors should insist that the government protect the 1.4 million internally displaced people, or IDPs, who have been uprooted by the fighting between government forces and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army in the north of the country, concludes a report published by the Norwegian Refugee Council's Global IDP Project today.
BUJUMBURA, 16 December (IRIN) - Representatives of the Batwa or "Pygmy" people from four countries in the Great Lakes region have asked their governments to urgently seek ways of guaranteeing their people's greater access to land and education.
NAIROBI, 16 December (IRIN) - The Ugandan government has announced plans to amend its four-year-old amnesty law to exclude the top leadership of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The current law expires on 17 January.
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced an $800,000 grant to expand a public-private alliance with Foods Resource Bank (FRB) to address hunger through unique agricultural development programs in the developing world. The USAID-FRB alliance was formed in 2002 with an initial $500,000 grant.
[This article is part of an IRIN web special on the issue of child soldiers published today. In addition to this story, the web special includes a special report on the issue of child soldiers, other country-specific features, background documents and links to resources available for further reading on the Internet. To access the web special please go to: www.IRINnews.org/webspecials/childsoldiers/]
This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Palestinian Territories, (2) Iraq, (3) Iran, (4) Afghanistan
B) East and Central Africa: (1) DR Congo, (2) Burundi, (3) Rwanda, (4) Tanzania, (5) Uganda, (6) Sudan, (7) Eritrea, (8) Ethiopia
C) West Africa: (1) Guinea Bissau, (2) Liberia, (3) Côte d'Ivoire
D) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Namibia, (3) Angola, (4) Zambia, (5) Zimbabwe, (6) Malawi, (7) Tanzania, (8) Mozambique, (9) Swaziland, (10) Lesotho, (11) Madagascar
E) Asia: (1) DPR Korea
KAMPALA, Dec 11, 2003 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The Ugandan army has rescued at least 90 people abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in northern Uganda in the previous week, reported local daily on Thursday.
Mr. Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, held a press conference on 11 December at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on the new challenges and security issues.