Monday, February 02, 2009

Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda’s Permanent Representative on the UN Security Council, formally welcomed by the President of the Council

Press Statement
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Uganda Media Centre
Monday, 02 February 2009
Dr Ruhakana Rugunda arrived in New York and assumed his seat as Uganda’s Permanent Representative on the UN Security Council yesterday. He was formally welcomed by the President of the Council. In his opening remarks Dr Rugunda reiterated Uganda’s commitment to play a constructive and positive role in the Council at promoting international peace and security.

The meeting of the Security Council today considered the situation in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Darfur. The Security Council condemned the renewed fighting in Darfur and called on all parties to cease hostilities immediately and refrain from any further escalation. The Council expressed support for the political process and accelerated deployment of UNAMID to ensure the protection of civilians.

On the DRC, the Council welcomed talks between the DRC and Rwanda in an attempt to find a solution to the crises in the eastern DRC. It expressed support for the mediation efforts by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region and the AU/ICGLR Co-facilitator former President Benjamin Mkapa.

The Council also expressed support for the joint DRC/Rwanda efforts and the DRC/Uganda/South Sudan efforts to decisively deal with the negative forces operating in the DRC. They called for closer cooperation with MONUC in this regard.

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