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Museveni: Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts Key in Preventing Terrorism

Rugunda on arrival at Margarita Airport in Venezuela this weekend

President Museveni has called for concerted effort to combat global terrorism, pharm http://codesiconsulting.com/wp-content/plugins/sitepress-multilingual-cms/inc/functions-load.php climate change and uncertainty in the Middle East.

This was revealed by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda who represented Museveni at the 17th Summit of the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) in Venezuela this weekend.

Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro Moros assumed the Chairmanship of NAM, http://darkfey-temple.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-ms-themes-list-table.php a grouping with a history of championing for a just and equitable world.

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Maduro took over from Iran leader Hassan Rouhani who has steered NAM since 2012.

In his message, http://claude-nicaud.com/new/wp-includes/class-wp-user-meta-session-tokens.php Museveni said the continued prevalence and escalation of armed conflict including, within the NAM family is troubling.

“The conflict in Syria is a case in point that could have far reaching ramifications in the region.  Our Movement should continue to promote and encourage all nations to resolve disputes and conflicts through dialogue, negotiations and other peaceful means.  This will be our contribution to achieving collective responsibility for global peace and security,” said Museveni.

In Eastern Africa, said Museveni, Uganda has taken important steps in that direction by supporting peace efforts in Burundi, South Sudan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“This experience in our region has also demonstrated the important role that regional organizations such as the African Union (AU) as well as sub-regional organizations like the International Conference on Great Lakes (ICGLR) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), can play in the prevention and resolution of conflicts on the continent,” he added.

Uganda troops have for the last several years been on the frontline especially in Somalia fighting terrorists.

Museveni said the brutal terrorist and senseless attacks by groups like ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram have put in sharp focus the rising threat of terrorism and extremism.

“We have also witnessed the destruction of irreplaceable artifacts of humanity’s shared cultural heritage in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Mali.   Such attempts to obliterate humankind’s collective history must be stopped.   There is no justification for such attacks,” said Museveni.

“Terrorism and violent extremism now pose a major threat to our countries and international peace and security. We must take united action against terrorism and preventing violent extremism.”

The NAM is a grouping of countries which were not aligned to the East of West during the Cold War.

The organisation played an important role in the decolonisation and independence struggles in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Latin America and Pacific regions.

The theme for this year’s summit is “Peace, Sovereignty and Solidarity for Development.”

The last recent NAM Summits were hosted by Colombia (1995), South Africa (1998), Malaysia (2003), Cuba (2006), Egypt (2009), and Iran (2012).

Museveni observed that while the classical Cold War is over, the issues of global inequality remain.

“Uganda continues to support the ideals of the Movement, including the struggle for a just and equitable world order, freedom from colonialism, foreign occupation, the right to self determination and struggles against racial discrimination,” said the president whose military outfit, NRA, seized power by arms in 1986.

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He also spoke on the world economy which he said is facing a turbulent time which is continuing to impact adversely on the economies of many of our countries.

Museveni further said climate change and global warming and persistent global imbalances continue to pose significant risks to development.

“These crises present challenges but also opportunities as we work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will guide our development efforts over the next 15 years.  As we implement the new 2030 Agenda on sustainable development, we need to form stronger and new partnerships, and commit significant resources across the globe,” advised Museveni.

“In my own country Uganda, the impact of climate change is affecting the livelihoods of many people, especially those who depend on agriculture.   The Paris Agreement on Climate Change which was reached on 12 December 2015, was historic and we should continue to be unwavering in our commitment to implement it,” he added.

Museveni called for improvement in access to technology and knowledge, fostering innovation, coordinating policies, as well as promoting investment and trade, which are vital to achieving sustainable growth and development.

Middle East

Regarding the current impasse in the Middle East Peace Process, Museveni urged parties to resume talks and make their best efforts to create an environment conducive to the resumption of direct negotiations with the view of realizing a two-State solution with the State of Israel and the State of Palestine living side by side in peace and security within internationally recognized borders.

Museveni further called for concrete steps to address the commitments to nuclear non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament and the peaceful use of nuclear technology.

“Uganda supports and is committed to these three pillars that are the cornerstone of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).   Non-nuclear states should be able and be supported to harness nuclear technology for a wide range of civilian uses,” he said.

Museveni also reaffirmed Uganda’s support of multilateralism and the central role the United Nations plays in global affairs but called for reforms of the Security Council in the shortest time possible which he said will not only foster the effectiveness of the Council but also provide it with greater credibility and legitimacy.

 

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