03 Mar The ICC v. Peace in Uganda
As the Ugandan government and its rebel foes the Lords’ Resistance Army have inched toward a negotiated end to their 20 year civil war, I’ve been blogging rather obsessively over the possibility that the ICC arrest warrants would prove decisive in preventing an end to the conflict. But there were always other reasons why a peace deal in Uganda was out of reach, and it seemed unfair to blame the ICC alone. But the ICC really is now the obstacle to peace:
The Ugandan government and rebels from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) have signed the last in a series of documents before a final peace agreement.
A government spokesman called it a major step towards peace in the north.
But only hours later, the LRA delegation, led by David Matsanga, stormed out of a meeting held after the signing ceremony late friday. The walkout spells the fragility of the peace efforts.
LRA leader Joseph Kony, who has been indicted, by the international criminal court (ICC), has said he will never sign the final agreement unless the indictment is lifted.
Look, peace may not be worth giving in to a murderous madman like Kony. And I think Kony may make a deal anyway, but if he doesn’t, the ICC has a tough decision ahead of it. The Ugandan government has pretty much done everything it can to accommodate Kony. But it cannot, repeat, cannot lift the ICC arrest warrants. Only the ICC can do that. Should they?