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Uganda Gov’t response on the false allegations by the UN Group of experts that Uganda supports M23 Movement

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Posted October 18, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 2,563 views

     

The Ugandan Government has reacted with disdain to a UN Security Council’s Group of Experts report that has accused Uganda and Rwanda of arming M23 rebels fighting the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government.

In a rebuttal, yet to the circulated, Uganda now points to a ploy by Western countries with vested interests in DRC of peddling a stance that would derail the regional efforts chaired by President Yoweri Museveni to end the conflict.

President Museveni, as the current chairman of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), has chaired four summits in a row since July aimed at defusing the resurgence of conflict in the DRC. The latest summit at Speke Resort Munyonyo approved the deployment of a Neutral International Force (NIF) to patrol disputed areas.

Read the full Rebuttal below By Hon. Henry Oryem Okello. MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS) MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ~

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UGANDA GOVERNMENT RESPONSE ON THE FALSE ALLEGATIONS BYTHE UN GROUP OF EXPERTS THAT UGANDA SUPPORT M23 MOVEMENT.
Mandate and commitment of Uganda as Chair of International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.
Uganda as one of the member states of the ICGLR assumed the Chairmanship from Zambia on 15th December 2011 and Uganda shall spearhead the ICGLR process up to 2013. Therefore, Uganda as a Chair,is mandated to coordinate all the member states and partners to fully implement the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes region as well as the protocols.It should be noted that Uganda has since July, 2012, convened 4 Extra-ordinary Summit meetings on the security situation in the DR-Congo where strategies and decisions were agreed upon by the ICGLR Heads of State and Government to find a durable solution to the conflict in the Eastern DR- Congo.

Dialogue between M23 and DR- Congo government.
Upon request by H.E Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo and subsequent decision of the ICGLR Heads of State at their Summit on 8th August, 2012 in Kampala, Uganda as Chair, was mandated to facilitate dialogue between M23 and DRC government, to that effect Uganda as a Chair of ICGLR established contacts with the leadership of M23 Movement and dialogue has been on-going between the leadership of M23 and DRC government. It is therefore,disheartening for any DRC government official to undermine the spirit and efforts of the regional leaders to realize the objective of security and stability in Eastern DRC.

Operational Structures and Mechanism under ICGLR.
There are existing structures agreed upon by the ICGLR Heads of State and Government to ensure that fighting stops completely, and ensure peace and stability in the Eastern DRC. In this regard, the Joint Intelligence Fusion Center was established to collect intelligence information and subsequent establishment of the expanded Joint Verification Mechanism led by Ugandan Brigadier General where all Member States are fully represented to verify and monitor accusations and counter accusations in Eastern DRC. The Military Assessment Team led by a Brigadier General from Tanzania has been meeting as per the terms of reference agreed by the Heads of State and Government to operationalize the establishment of the neutral international force.It should be noted that in all 4 ICGLR Extra-ordinary Summit meetings,and preceding Regional Inter- Ministerial meetings, the Ministers of

Defence and Chief of Defence Forces Meetings, the UN has been represented at the highest level and the MONUSCO Force Commander has also been participating.It is therefore disappointing that the UN -Group of Experts have chosen to deliberately undermine the regional effort which is contrary to the UN Charter. Uganda like any other ICGLR member state is a signatory to the ICGLR Protocol on non-aggression and mutual defence which binds member states to abstain from sending or supporting armed opposition forces or armed groups or insurgents on to the territory of other member states.

Methodology by the UN Group of Experts:
It should be recalled that during the UN Mini-Summit on the DRC inSeptember 27, 2012 alongside the UN General Assembly in New York,the UN Secretary General and all Heads of State and Governmentwelcomed the positive regional efforts spearheaded by Uganda as theChair of the ICGLR. On the contrary, the UN-Group of Experts havechosen to aid and abate allegations that Uganda is supporting M23 inEastern DRC by denying Uganda the opportunity to respond to thefabricated allegations through the UN Security Council establishedprocedure for consultations with concerned governments. The leakingof the report by the Panel of
“Experts”
can only be in bad faith and intended to cause mischief and undermine the regional efforts to find a durable solution to the conflict in Eastern DRC.

Conclusion:
Uganda as the Chair of ICGLR and neighbour remains fully committed to spearhead the regional efforts to ensure security and stability in Eastern DRC as mandated by the ICGLR Heads of State and Government under the 2006 Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region.

Hon. Henry Oryem Okello.
MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS)MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS.


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