Disengagement isn’t just the Bush administration’s strategy for the Arab-Israeli conflict. At a recent press roundtable following her visit to Northern Uganda, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer claimed that the U.S. is indeed committed to peace in Northern Uganda:
Question: Ambassador Frazer, you said in London that the Bush Administration was going to insure that the LRA [Lord's Resistance Army] rebellion ends by the end of the year. How do you think that is going to happen?
Frazer: What I was saying is that is our goal – that seems to be a good time frame in which we can focus our actions and that of other international partners and countries to try to end what are clearly the atrocities of the war.
Frazer further enumerated the importance of resolving a conflict that has displaced 1.5 million, abducted 38,000 children, and whose rates of violent death are three times higher than those reported in Iraq following the 2003 invasion:
I think that in terms of assisting the government of Uganda — President Bush has been trying to do that since 2001. I was sent here by Secretary Rice to look into the conditions in northern Uganda, so that I could come back with additional recommendations on how the president and she can assist in bringing this war to an end.
However, the State Department’s Uganda Desk Officer Barbara Yoder has confirmed that the US has no presence at potentially ground-breaking peace talks in Juba between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the Government of Uganda. Read more