Exclusive: Under Fire, UN Disowns Own Investigators Over M23 Report

troche geneva; font-size: small;”>In a press statement, health the President of the Security Council, buy more about Ambassador H. S. Puri, said that the investigation report is yet to be considered by the Sanctions Committee concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“Views expressed by the independent experts do not necessarily reflect those of the United Nations,” said Puri.

Ambassador Puri also noted that “Uganda, as an important troop-contributing country, is playing a significant role in the maintenance of peace and security in several countries, particularly in Somalia.”

The UN statement comes just a few hours after Uganda threatened to pull out of Somalia and other countries where her troops are contributing to efforts to maintain regional peace over what Premier Amama Mbabazi described as “malignment” of the country by “some actors dressed as ‘experts’ at UN.”

In the report, Uganda is accused of having provided support to M-23 in the form of direct troop reinforcement in DRC territory, weapon deliveries, technical assistance, joint planning, political advice and facilitation of external relations.

They also claim that units of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) and the Rwanda Defence Forces (RDF) jointly supported M23 in a series of attacks in July, 2012 to take over the major towns of Rutshuru territory and the Forces armée de la RDC (FARDC) base of Rumangabo and that both Governments have also co-operated to support the creation of expansion of M23’s political branch and have consistently advocated on behalf of the rebels. That further, the sanctioned individuals continue to reside in or regularly travel to Uganda.

Mbabazi on Thursday issued a statement blasting UN for peddling lies and falling short of stabilizing Eastern Congo yet they use Entebbe Airport

Is falsely accusing Uganda the reward for these efforts? This we cannot accept. If these are “experts” as they are held to be, why did they not put their questions to competent people in Uganda to answer them? We demand to see that evidence of complicity in supporting the M23 which some people claim to have,” charged Mbabazi.

Chimpreports has established that Uganda’s ICT Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and Commander Land Forces Gen Katumba Wamala and other high profile government officials are in New York where they are scheduled to meet UN boss Ban Ki-moon.

On Thursday, Rugunda delivered a message from the Government of Uganda expressing disappointment and grave concern about the false accusations against Uganda in the report of the UN Group of Experts on the Democratic Republic of the Congo(DRC).

“The Ugandan envoy tendered in his compliant in meetings he has held with the Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Jan Eliasson, who received the message on behalf of the UN Secretary-General H.E. Ban Ki-moon, on November 1, 2012,” the UN press statement added.

Rugunda’s team also met the President of the UN Security Council, Ambassador H. S. Puri of India on November 2, 2012 and the Representatives of Security Council members: South Africa, Azerbaijan, France, Togo, China, Russia, and United Kingdom.

“The Government stressed that it was unacceptable to malign Uganda’s contribution to regional peace and security by alleging that it supports the M23 group,” said the statement.

“Uganda’s involvement in seeking a solution to the situation in Eastern DRC was at the express request of both the DRC Government and the UN Secretary General, and in its capacity as Chair of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).”

The Government informed that Uganda’s withdrawal from regional peace efforts, including Somalia, CAR and others would become inevitable unless the UN corrects the false accusations made against Uganda, by bringing out the truth about Uganda’s role in the current regional efforts.

Hon. Rugunda is due to meet the President of the UN Genera l Assembly, and the remaining Representatives of the Security Council members who include United States of America, Germany, Pakistan, Guatemala, Colombia, Morocco, and Portugal next week

Uganda’s delegation comprises Lt. General Katumba Wamala, Commander of the Land Forces, UPDF, and Senior Government Officials.

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