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Kutesa: Uganda Battling Cameroon For Top UN Seat

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buy more about http://communityvet.net/wp-includes/rss.php geneva; font-size: small;”>Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa told press on Tuesday in Kampala that Uganda is competing for the post of President of the United Nations General Assembly for the 69th Session (2014-2015).

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“This will be Africa’s turn to provide a President, and Uganda is competing with Cameroon. I have been nominated to fill the position if our bid succeeds,” said Kutesa.


“No doubt, membership to and aspirations in the above, place Uganda in the main stream programmes of the Union and enhances the country’s Foreign Policy Strategic objectives and visibility.”


The Minister emphasized there is also no doubt this places additional responsibilities to the country, including in terms of financial resources.


However, Kutesa explained, the decision to elect Uganda to the UN seat was deferred by the recently concluded African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


The development will bolster Uganda’s foreign policy at a time it’s said to be at its weakest point.


Observers say the foreign policy has lately been frail owing to many factors including poor remuneration of ambassadors and failure to uplift their living conditions.


During the Summit, Uganda was elected to the African Union Peace and Security Council (AU PSC) for a term of three years (April 2013 – March 2016); and also to the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) for a term of two years (2013-2014).


Uganda is already a member of the A.U Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC); and a Member of the A.U Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government on UN Reforms.


“And by virtue of our Chairmanship of the EAC and COMESA, Uganda is a Member of the High Level Trade Committee of Heads of State and Government (HLTC-HSG),” said Kutesa.


In a related development, Uganda is competing with Egypt to host the African Union Centre for Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development.


Consultations are on-going, and a team from the AU is arriving Tuesday to look at the facilities Uganda is offering to host the Center in Jinja.


Kutesa elaborated that membership to such bodies provides Uganda with an opportunity to play a constructive role at continental level in conflict prevention, management and resolution, especially regarding conflicts in our region.

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