4 November 2012

Uganda: Report On Congo Rebels Not Final - UN

Uganda withdraws from Somalia. ( Resource: Uganda Takes a Stand On The UN Report )

The United Nations has put a disclaimer on a recent report which accuses Uganda of supporting the M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The President of the UN Security Council, Ambassador H.S Puri said the views expressed by independent experts do not necessarily reflect those of the United Nations.

Puri added that the report was yet to be considered by the Sanctions Committee concerning the DRC.

Ambassador Puri also noted that Uganda, as an important troop-contributing country, is playing a significant role in the maintenance of peace and security in several countries, particularly in Somalia.

Puri made the remarks on Friday while meeting the ICT minister, Ruhakana Rugunda. A leaked UN report recently accused Uganda of supporting Congolese M23 rebels.

On behalf of the government, Rugunda delivered a message expressing disappointment to the UN.

"Uganda's involvement in the DRC conflict was to seek a solution to the situation, following a request of both the DRC government and the UN Secretary General, and it was in its capacity as Chair of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region.

"It is unacceptable to malign Uganda's to regional peace and security by alleging that it supports the M23 group," read the message delivered to the UN.

Meanwhile, Uganda has also resolved to pull out of all regional peace keeping missions in Somalia, Central African Republic and DR Congo, unless the UN corrects the false accusations.

The statement was also delivered to the UN Secretary-General H.E. Ban Ki Moon, and the representatives of Security Council members in South Africa, Azerbaijan, France, Togo, China, Russia, and United Kingdom.

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