(dpa) - Elusive Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony is set to sign a landmark peace deal Thursday that is meant to end 22 years of a brutal war that killed tens of thousands in the north.
The head of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels is due to sign the deal in Ri-Kwangba, a village nestled on the borders of Congo and Uganda while President Yoweri Museveni will sign his part on Tuesday at a ceremony attended by dignitaries and envoys in Juba, South Sudan.
The agreement sets out that Kony and his rebel commanders will be tried by a Ugandan court rather than by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague - a component that clinched the deal. The ICC indicted him in 2005 for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
But the deal is vague on disarmament and the release of the hundreds of children and women still believed to be in LRA captivity.
More than 2 million people were displaced during the war. Many still live in sprawling camps but the peace deal could prompt them to return home.