At UN, Chissano Says Council Ready to Defer to
Uganda on Kony, ICC as Well
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
June 20 -- As the Lord's Resistance
Army rampages through the Congo, Southern Sudan and the Central African
Republic, the UN's envoy to the LRA-affected areas Joaquim Chissano
Security Council on Friday. Afterwards he told Inner City Press that
Council was ready to consider any decision taken by the government of
Uganda" to suspend the indictment of the LRA's Joseph Kony by the
International Criminal Court, and put Kony on trial in Uganda instead.
from Minute 7:55.
City Press asked, why then has Kony not signed the peace agreement?
said that perhaps "Kony needs clarification." Chissano said that recent
attacks in Southern Sudan and the Congo are "clearly LRA," and that
those in the Central African Republic are "probably" LRA, the
"evidence" points that way. Video here,
from Minute 3:53. Then
Chissano left the stakeout, surrounded by an entourage which did not
follow-up questions. Why is there so
little talk about the acts of the government of Uganda?
Joaquim Chissano at the UN, end game for
Joseph Kony not shown
who Chissano named as representing Kony, David Matsanga, has said
can use the United
Nations Security Council resolution and chapter seven to go to the UN
Council, which the government of Uganda should do as a referral state,
the UN Security Council, please, the warrants are a threat. Can you
from us so that general Joseph Kony and others can come and sign and
and assemble and do things? But he has said he is not going to sign an
agreement in Juba because he does not feel safe over there."
other prosecutorial offices, the ICC appears to make a major
on where its cases come from. If referred by a government, that
retains control to turn the process off and "take it home." That this
can imply impunity was not, according to Chissano, much of a
concern. Some call it double standard.
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