Ethiopia: AU commends UN Security Council sanctions against LRA

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has commended the United Nations Security Council for designating the  rebel group and cult Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and its leader, Joseph Kony, effective 7 March 2016, as subject to sanctions imposed by UN Resolution 2262 (2016).

Among other measures, the same Resolution includes travel ban and asset freeze.

In a statement issued here Friday by the Commission, the Chairperson applauded the steps taken by the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on 8 March 2016, to complement the UN listing of Kony and the LRA for sanctions by imposing a freeze on any LRA assets within U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting U.S. persons from engaging in transactions with the group.

"The Chairperson calls upon all AU Member States to ensure that funds, financial assets or economic resources are prevented from being made available for the benefit of Kony and LRA, by their nationals, any individuals or entities within their territories," the statement read.

Dlamini Zuma also recalled the Communiqué of the 299th Meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council which, on 22 November 2011, authorized the AU Regional Cooperation Initiative for the Elimination of the LRA (RCI-LRA) and designated the LRA as a terrorist organization.

According to the statement, the AUC Chairperson "remains optimistic that the UN sanctions will contribute to dismantling the LRA’s network through which the group has been resupplying itself by trafficking minerals looted from the eastern part of Central African Republic and ivory poached from the Garamba National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, to exchange for weapons and other essential supplies."

She stressed that, this would, in turn, hasten the elimination of the LRA, leading to the creation of conditions conducive for the security, peace, stability, and development of the affected region.

The rebel group operates in northern Uganda, South Sudan, CAR and DRC.
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12 march 2016 09:39:18

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