AU mission in Bangui to discuss fight against LRA   2012-01-03 20:42:04            

BANGUI, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- The special envoy of the African Union (AU) in charge of cooperation and anti-terrorism affairs, Francisco Madeira, on Monday arrived in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, to monitor and coordinate actions to fight against the Ugandan rebel group, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

The visit is linked to a precise plan on coordination of interventions of all actors who are involved in the fight against LRA.

Madeira explained that these actors include the Central African Republic, the United Nations (UN), the African Union and the United States.

A press statement released by the regional UN bureau said this was a joint mission of AU and UN in the areas affected by the LRA.

The representatives of the two institutions will hold talks with the Central African Republic's authorities and the diplomatic representatives of countries or institutions involved in the fight against the LRA like the U.S., France and the European Union.

"With the arrival of U.S. forces to help in the fight against the LRA, it has been observed that there was no clear coordination of operations. This is why this AU mission has come to find out ways to unify these operations," Central African Republic's Defense Minister Jean Francis Bozize said.

The head of the United Nations Bureau for Central Africa (UNOCA) , Abou Moussa, is also expected in Bangui on Tuesday.

After their mission in Bangui on Jan. 3-7, the two delegations will head to South Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Editor: Yamei Wang
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