3 March 2018

Uganda: President Museveni Meets UN and Italian Envoys

press release

President Yoweri Museveni has held 2 separate meetings with the United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy to Somalia, Michael Keating and the Special Envoy of Italy to the Horn of Africa, Ambassador Luciano Pezzoti, at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

The President discussed with Ambassador Keating the achievements of AMISOM in Somalia and why the United Nations Security Council needed to reconsider resolution 2372 of August 30, 2017 that called for phased reduction and drawdown of AMISOM troops by 2020.

"We should not disrupt what we have already achieved there but build onto that so that the capacity and training of the Somali National Security Forces' capacity is enhanced to maintain peace and security and the Federal Member States forces are integrated to build a national army," he said.

President Museveni told the Ambassador that lack of ideology has caused the insecurity in Somalia. He explained that choosing identity over interests, causes conflicts.

Although the majority of Somalis are Muslim and from Sunni sect, they are divided according to clans which has caused mistrust among people and recruitment into different institutions. The President said that Somalis need to choose interests over identity if they are to have stability and become prosperous.

"The clan system is in a pre-capitalist nation. In a money economy, prosperity is based on the more you sell. If you and your clan mates are growing maize, you need market," he said.

Ambassador Keating commended President Museveni for the professionalism and good discipline exhibited by the Ugandan AMISOM troops.

Ambassador Pezzoti, who was accompanied by the Charge d'Affaires of the Italian embassy in Uganda, Ms. Lorenza Gambacota, commended President Museveni and the government of Uganda for the commitment and efforts to secure peace in Somalia and the region at large.

"As Italy, we appreciate your charisma to find a solution to the conflicts in Somalia and South Sudan. It is important to find peace," he said.

The Ambassador told President Museveni that the Italian government would support the government of Uganda and AMISOM troops' efforts to ensure stability.

Uganda's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Adonia Ayebare, attended meetings.

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