KAMPALA: The Ugandan Government has urged rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) to renew the landmark Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, which expired on Wednesday.

``We are asking the LRA to respond to our call and renew the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement, for the sake of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs),'' Okello Oryem, the Minister of International Affairs, was quoted as saying by the state-owned New Vision on Wednesday.

The Government and the LRA signed the landmark agreement in August 2006 and later renewed it in December last year.

According to a December renewal, which is set to expire on Wednesday, the LRA rebels were supposed to assemble in two designated areas the expiry of the agreement. Since the signing of the agreement, there have been no major attacks by rebels. Mr. Oryem said the Government hoped that the rebel group will resume the now stalled peace negotiations aimed at ending the two-decade long LRA insurgency that has left tens of thousands of people dead. Xinhua