, UNITED NATIONS, Nov 20 – The president of Central African Republic has told the United Nations he is negotiating with Joseph Kony even as an African force hunts the war crimes suspect, a UN envoy told AFP.
Abou Moussa, a UN special envoy, said in an interview that Kony may be sick and that Central African Republic president Michel Djotodia had told him he has sent food to Kony.
“When we met President Djotodia he told us that he is in contact with him (Kony), said Moussa, UN envoy for the Central African region where Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army is accused of killing 100,000 people in a two decade reign of terror.
“He told us that he had provided him with 20 bags of food, with manioc, kasava.
“He added that Kony had called him, that Kony has asked for these items.”
Moussa said it was not know for sure where Kony was but that Djotodia believed the LRA chief was in the country, which is confronted by its own chaos after a rebel takeover in March.
Moussa said he had warned the Central African Republic transitional leader against providing food to Kony unless it was part of a deal under which the warlord would surrender.
Kony, who launched a rebellion in his native Uganda two decades ago, is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity including murder, enslavement, sexual slavery and recruiting child soldiers.
A 3,000 strong Ugandan-led African force is hunting Kony in Central African Republic, Uganda, South Sudan and other countries.
They are backed by about 100 military advisors from the United States which has offered a $5 million reward for Kony’s capture.