EU-erklæring om Kony

02. mai sluttet Norge seg til en erklæring fra EU om Konys motstandshær

Brussels, 19 April 2012

Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union: EU supports Joint Operations Centre to combat Kony's Lord's Resistance Army

The European Union (EU) fully supports international efforts to end the long-running campaign of terror being carried out by Joseph Kony and the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and to help the populations affected by the LRA presence. The EU supports the African Union's Regional Cooperation Initiative to strengthen regional efforts to combat the LRA. It is providing financial assistance to the Office of the African Union Special Envoy for LRA issues and the establishment of a Joint Operations Centre to enable the 5,000-strong Regional Task Force from Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan to act swiftly and effectively against the LRA. 

The EU has provided humanitarian assistance to populations affected by LRA activities, as well as bilateral assistance to the four LRA-affected countries: to encourage defections from the LRA, protect villages, strengthen the rule of law and improve governance, and help the return and support of those displaced by the activities of the LRA. As co-chair of the International Working Group on the LRA, the EU is at the forefront of diplomatic efforts to keep the LRA issue on the international agenda. The EU condemns in the strongest possible terms the atrocities committed by the Lord's Resistance Army and calls for the arrest of Joseph Kony and other LRA leaders indicted by the International Criminal Court. The EU commits itself to remain engaged until this scourge has finally been removed.

The Acceding Country Croatia*, the Candidate Countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Iceland+ and Serbia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the EFTA countries Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the

European Economic Area, as well as the Republic of Moldova, Armenia and Georgia, align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

+ Iceland continues to be a member of the EFTA and of the European Economic Area.

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