LIBREVILLE, Gabon, January 3, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), Mr. Abou Moussa, embarks on a mission to the areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from 3 to 7 January 2012. It is a joint mission with Mr. Francisco Madeira, Special Envoy of the African Union (AU) for the LRA.
The two personalities will travel to the Central African Republic (CAR) then South Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the four countries that have been affected by the attacks of the terrorist group led by Joseph Kony.
This visit is intended not only to better appreciate the latest developments of the situation on the ground, but also to sensitize the leaders concerned on the necessity of a common regional approach to address the threats posed by the LRA and to press upon them, the need for urgency in their collective efforts. In that regard, the mission will seek to obtain a common understanding of the Africa Union-led Regional Cooperation Initiative against the LRA (RCI‐LRA) among all stakeholders.
Apart from meetings with senior government officials, the mission will have working sessions with Heads of UN missions or offices in the affected countries, Heads of African Union missions as well as with representatives of international partners.
The joint mission follows a meeting between Mr. Abou Musa and Mr. Francisco Madeira, in Addis-Ababa (Ethiopia) on 12 December. The Special Representative of Secretary-General of the United Nations in Central Africa and Head of UNOCA travelled to Addis Ababa to show the strong commitment of the United Nations to support the efforts of the AU, which provides political leadership in the fight against the LRA.
On 14 November, Mr. Abou Moussa presented to the Security Council the report of the UN Secretary-General on the LRA. Members of the Council assigned UNOCA the role of coordinating regional efforts in the fight against the LRA, which since 2008 has caused over 2,400 deaths, 3,400 abductions and more than 440 000 displaced people.