Protracted conflict, elusive peace: Initiatives to end the violence in northern Uganda
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Caroline Lamwaka describes the origins of the conflict in northern Uganda and provides a detailed account of the early attempts at peace talks between the NRM government and the northern-based Uganda People’s Democratic Movement/Army (UPDM/A). The early talks were essentially army-to-army talks, beset by setbacks and mistrust, but they eventually led to the Pece Peace Accord. This agreement failed to end the war, however, as UPDA factions and the ‘Holy’ Spirit’ groups which included Joseph Kony fought on. Lamwaka concludes by calling for the longstanding failure of military attempts to end the conflict to be recognised and for renewed attempts at dialogue and reconciliation.