UN chief in Uganda stresses need for implementing peace accord for Great Lakes Region

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with His Excellency President Yoweri K. Museveni of Uganda. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday stressed the need to implement an accord signed by 11 African countries in February to bring peace to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region.

Mr. Ban spoke in Entebbe, Uganda, where he met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and members of his cabinet as he continued his five-nation tour in Africa.

Secretary-General Ban said as the Chair of the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, President Museveni has been instrumental in striving to resolve the crisis in the eastern DR Congo.

He added that the Ugandan leader also played an important role in reaching agreement on the UN -brokered Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Region.

"That is why we are here because now the focus is on implementation of this framework agreement. We count on the continuing leadership of President Museveni and all regional leaders and I welcome President Museveni's strong commitment and leadership shown here today." (24")

The Secretary-General also thanked the Ugandan government and soldiers for their valuable contribution to peace and stability in Somalia.

He said it is with noble sacrifices by many Ugandan soldiers that the people of Somalia are now able to enjoy stability and have the opportunity for development.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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