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UN Concur With Museveni On CAR, Congo Instability Question

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While at the Elysee Summit, President Museveni urged the International Community to support the ongoing peace talks on Congo emphasising that the success of the talks “will ensure stability and eliminate future conflicts in the country and the region”.

President Museveni is received by the French President at the Elysee Palace

According to the president’s Special Assistant for Communications, Ms Sarah Kagingo, Museveni also met Senator Feingold, the United States envoy to the Great lakes region at the Mandarin Oriental Paris Hotel, on the sidelines of the conference.

The President told the Senator that “over 7 million Congolese are refugees in neighbouring countries which poses a threat to the security of the region” and further thanked the American government for the assistance given to Uganda in the hunt against Joseph Kony.

President Museveni explained to his visitor that the DRC-M23 talks had achieved much and what was remaining were declarations from the Congolese government, the groups that are fighting the government and the guarantor of the talks.

The president, therefore, urged the international community to take the Congo question seriously if the region is to ever have any peace at all.

Ki-Moon Raises Concerns on CAR Instability

Speaking to the summit on the Central African Republic (CAR) violence, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon agreed with president Museveni that the international community had to get involved in resolving African instability issues.

Ki-moon explained that “addressing the challenges facing Africa requires the international community to act with resolve, adding that the recent upsurge of violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) is yet another reminder of the need for urgency in taking action.

“In many African countries, the economy is boosted, democracy has developed, civil society mobilised and stability and peace gained ground. Africans have turned a new page in their history.”

However, while recognising the achievements and advances, “we must also act with resolve on Africa’s challenges,” he stated, adding that transnational organised crime, piracy, drug-trafficking and terrorism are taking a growing toll, exploiting weaknesses in institutions, borders and the rule of law.

“Mali has made important electoral progress, but the threat of extremism is very much alive and there is an urgent need for an inclusive dialogue that addresses the root causes of the conflict,” Ban said in reference to what he termed as “persistent regional conflicts”.

He also referred to Somalia that has re-established State institutions and adopted a Provisional Federal Constitution although security progress has been stalled.

“I especially want to launch a call to action in the Central African Republic. The violence of recent days reminds us once again that we must act immediately,” Ki-moon suggested.

In this regard, he called the Security Council resolution adopted, authorising an African-led and French-backed peacekeeping force to quell the violence in CAR, an important step, adding that the deployment of additional French forces will be essential.

On the margins of the summit, the Secretary-General also held bilateral meetings with a number of African leaders, including the Presidents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Burundi, and the Prime Minister of Libya.

President Museveni (4th from R-L) poses for a group photo with other world leaders

The summit ended successfully and was closed on Saturday. President Museveni thus returned to Uganda today morning.

The President was received on arrival at Entebbe international Airport by Security minister, Mr. Muruli Mukasa, the Head of Public Service Mr. John Mitala and security officials, among others.


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