Uganda'sLord's Resistance Army (LRA) has said it would return to peace talks in south Sudanif the Sudanese government increased security to keep the Ugandan army fromattacking them.
The LRA quit talks with Ugandain the south Sudanese capital, Juba, in January, denting hopes for an end totwo decades of bloodshed in northern Uganda.
Obonyo Olweny, an LRA spokesman, said: "There is now awillingness to go back to Juba ... We arejust waiting for a response from southern Sudan."
The LRA said they pulled out fearing for their securityafter Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese president, had threatened them.
The change of heart follows a trip on Sunday bythe Joaquim Chissano, the former president of Mozambique and UN envoy for theconflict, to talk with Joseph Kony, the fugitive rebel leader.
Ugandasaid it had wooed LRA delegates in return for the addition of mediators fromAfrican countries besides south Sudan.
The insurgency, led by fighters notorious for mutilatingvictims and kidnapping children, has killed thousands of Ugandan civilians anddisplaced nearly 2 million people.
Olweny said the promise to expand the mediators to includefive other countries – Kenya,Tanzania,South Africa,Mozambiqueand the Democratic Republic of the Congo– satisfied the LRA.
But the LRA demanded better security for their negotiatorsin Juba and their fighters scattered in south Sudanand on the Sudan/Congo border.
"If those concerns are addressed, we can go back,"he said.
The LRA accuses the Ugandan army of ambushing their fightersin Sudan.A truce agreed between the two sides in August expired last month with norenewal.
"They [Uganda]should pull their troops out of Sudan.Only when the last troop crosses back to Ugandacan we have peace," Olweny said. He said that was not necessarily apre-condition of talks restarting.
The army insists it will stay in Sudanto monitor the LRA.
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