On June 18, 2007, the House passed a resolution urging warring parties in northern Uganda to commit to a political resolution of the brutal conflict, H. Con. Res 80.
This resolution responds to warnings that both the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and Ugandan military forces have begun preparations for a return to full combat after the ceasefire expired on February 28th. Last year, the historic peace talks launched in Juba, Southern Sudan, produced a 'Cessation of Hostilities' signed by both parties. At the time, it was hailed as the most significant sign of progress.
In two decades of violence between the criminal LRA and the government of Uganda, hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of children have been abducted, forced into combat, and subjected to torture and sexual violence. Former United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan
Egeland has called the crisis in northern Uganda 'the biggest forgotten, neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today.'
It is important for the United States and the international community to take immediate action; without it the northern Ugandan peace talks and broader political reforms face imminent collapse, potentially sparking a return to armed conflict that would devastate an already war-beaten population.