New Vision (Kampala)

Uganda: Museveni, UN Chief Discuss DR Congo

President Yoweri Museveni has said the Great Lakes the region must handle its own problems instead of referring everything to the International Criminal Court.

Museveni said the M23 rebels and other groups destabilizing the region were partly due to the decision to refer people to the ICC.

"Uganda has many problems from Amin to Obote but we never referred anyone to the ICC. We must manage our people ourselves because this can be a constituency for trouble. People sent to the ICC have followers. Congo and Rwanda were working very well before this but when that started there was a new outburst. The South African government handled this through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. If you use external groups to deal with your problem and neglect your own problems, it's a big mistake," he said.

"Using foreign institutions to deal with internal contradictions instead of negotiating with your opponents is a mistake. You can't rely on the ICC to get rid of your rival".

Museveni was meeting the UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous at his country home in Rwakitura, Kiruhura district.

Ladsous led a team of 15 people including the Special Representative for the Secretary General and Chief of The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) Roger Meece and the Special Advisor of security based in New York Gen. Babacar Gaye to the president's home.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Defence Crispus Kiyonga, that of Foreign Affairs Asuman Kiyiingi and Uganda's representative to the UN Adoniya Ayebare.

Museveni said the DR Congo became a Great Lakes problem because under Mobutu Sese Seko, there was a deliberate threat to its neighbours by design, denying his own people basic rights.

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