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REGIONAL PEACEBUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING [Uganda, Sudan, Congo & Central African Republic] - JUBA COMMUNIQUE' 1

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The destruction by the LRA conflict continues to escalate in the face of a stalled Peace process. The growing tendency to resort to military strategy tends to result in a backlash and increased attack by LRA on the civilian communities. Yet the staggering humanitarian crisis unfolding as a result is not being adequately addressed.

There is an urgent need to find a sustainable solution to the conflict and address its consequences. We believe that organized civil society groups, traditional leaders and leaders - in each of the affected countries - and in concert with one another and respective governments, have essential roles to play.

The Regional Peacebuilding Committee constituting of civil society members; including the Cultural Institution of Ker Kwaro Acholi, traditional leaders and elders of Southern Sudan communities, religious leaders drawn from Uganda, Sudan, and DRC, out of two preparatory meetings held in Uganda. The express mandate of the Committee is to map out strategies and follow-up on key concerns relating to conflict in the region. The Committee met in Juba on 2 October 2009, and noted with utmost urgency and concern, the ongoing carnage, social disruption, displacements and gross huhuman rights abuses caused by the LRA and the continued hunt for them.