U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer said this week that “it is a priority of President Bush’s administration to get rid of the LRA before the end of this year, if we can.”
British Overseas Development Minister Hillary Benn wrote, “We agreed that there must be regional cooperation to tackle the threat of LRA, which who would be helped by the appointment of a special UN envoy for the region.”
My questions: Will Kony end hostilities by July, knowing that the ICC has a warrant out for his arrest? Will the ICC back down and allow Museveni to offer amnesty? What implications will this have for future ICC warrants? Will the other LRA commanders surrender (Otti has been wavering for some time)? After twenty years of generally ignoring the conflict, how will the U.S. approach their mission to “get rid of the LRA”? Will an increased emphasis on a military tack end the war, or will it cause more civilian deaths?