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By Godfrey Olukya    8-10-2013

President Yoweri Museveni has met and held a meeting with a delegation of the U.N. Security Council currently visiting the Great Lakes Region to discuss the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement aimed at stabilizing the region.

During their discussions that were held at State House in Nakasero yesterday, President Museveni reiterated his government’s commitment to supporting all the United Nations programmes aimed at bringing about peace and stability in the region and in the other parts of the world.

The United Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant, who is co-heading the mission commended President Museveni and the Government of Uganda for their efforts to promote peace and security in the Great Lakes’ Region.

The U.N. Security Council delegation has already visited the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Their final leg of the visit will be to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where the delegation will meet with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and with the African Union Peace and Security Council.

The U.N. has about 20,000 peacekeepers in Congo, including a new element, called an “Intervention Brigade.”  The brigade consists of 2,500 special offensive forces tasked with eliminating the threat from rebel groups which terrorize civilians in that part of the country.
The United Nations Security Council delegation comprises envoys from Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, China, France, Guatemala, and Luxembourg. Others are Morocco, Pakistan, South Korea, the Russian Federation, Rwanda, Togo, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Foreign Affairs , Sam Kutesa, State Minister for International Affairs Okello Oryem and Minister of State for Regional Cooperation, Asuman Kiyingi, among others.

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