The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has appealed to President Yoweri Museveni to help avert the deteriorating situation in Burundi and restore peace. He also urged him to try and bring the two warring factions in the South Sudan conflict to negotiate conclusive peace agreements for the country.
Ban Ki Moon and President Museveni were speaking during a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the UN High Level Thematic Debate on UN cooperation with Regional and Sub-Regional Organisations in the maintenance of global peace and security for development.
The two leaders also discussed Regional issues covering Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo -DRC. The Secretary General thanked the President for sparing time to come and deliver the key note address.
Ban Ki Moon commended President Museveni and other regional leaders for their efforts that brought peace to Burundi leading to the democratic transition. He also thanked President Museveni for his efforts in stabilizing Somalia under AMISOM.
President Museveni told the Secretary General that Al Shabaab in Somalia has largely been defeated in towns but still roam the rural areas and called for more deployments in order to contain them.
The meeting was also attended by the UN General Assembly President H.E. Sam Kutesa, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hon Okello Oryem and Uganda’s Ambassador to the to the United Nations Dr. Richard Nduhura.
Later, President Yoweri Museveni received and held a bilateral meeting with the Tanzanian leader H.E. Jakaya Kikwete at the Presidents residency in New York. The two discussed matters of common interest.
Earlier President Museveni had met and held a discussion with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Hon. Annika Soder who met him at the UN Headquarters. The two discussed regional issues especially the situation in Somalia.