UN urges global help to equip force hunting Kony

By REUTERS
June 29, 2012 20:37

 
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UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council called on Friday for global help to equip an African Union force hunting fugitive Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which lacks basic resources such as boots, food, transport and training.

The 15-nation Security Council endorsed a UN strategy that aims to fully equip by December the AU force, which is due to have a full strength of 5,000 troops from South Sudan, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Central African Republic (CAR).

"The LRA remains extremely dangerous and retains the capacity to inflict considerable suffering on the population," said Abou Moussa, head of the UN Regional Office for Central Africa, as he briefed the council on the regional strategy.

The strategy calls for the force to be "adequately equipped, including with regard to air capabilities, communications, office and living accommodations, medical support, and fuel and rations, as soon as possible, and no later than December 2012."

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