Saturday, January 31, 2009

Uganda's President Museveni commends Sudan Uganda ties - UNAMID opens liaison office in Uganda

United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, Western Sudan (UNAMID) opens a liaison office in Etntebbe, Uganda.

From Ultimate Media via Saturday, 31 January 2009:
Uganda's President Museveni commends Sudan Uganda ties
President Yoweri Museveni has hailed the growing good relations between Uganda and Sudan. He was yesterday speaking after receiving a special message of goodwill from President Omar el Bashir of the Sudan.

The message was delivered to President Museveni at State House, Nakasero by the Sudanese leader’s special envoy and advisor, Dr. Bona Malwal.

A statement from Statehouse says that President Museveni and the Sudanese envoy discussed issues of bilateral interest between Uganda and the Sudan as well as regional and international affairs.

Present at the meeting were State Minister for Regional Affairs, Mr. Isaac Musumba, the Principal Private Secretary to the President, Mrs. Amelia Kyambadde and the Director, Regional Co-operation Desk in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Senyomo.

Copy of news from Kampala, Uganda at Sudan Tribune 24 January, 2009:
Darfur peacekeeping mission opens liaison office in Uganda

Photo: UNAMID’s Adada and the Ugandan Minister of Foreign Affairs during the exchange of letters in Kampala, on Jan 23 2009 (UNAMID)

January 23, 2009 (KAMPALA) - Darfur hybrid peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) signed today an agreement with the Ugandan government to establish a liaison office in Etntebbe.

The signing ceremony was attended by the the Ugandan Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam K. Kutesa, the Joint Special Representative (JSR) Rodolphe Adada and the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator Theophane Nikyema.

According to this agreement, the Government of Uganda will facilitate the free, unhindered movement to Uganda of all personnel, as well as equipment, provisions supplies and other goods, which will be for the exclusive use of the UNAMID Liaison Office.

The privileges and immunities also will be extended to UNAMID property, funds and assets, personnel and contractors.

In a speech delivered at this occasion, Rodolphe Adada pointed out that UNAMID activities within the framework of its mandate have demonstrated a need for additional logistical arrangements to support the Mission from offices outside Darfur.

While the foreign minister Sam K. Kutesa, reiterated Uganda’s commitment to work with the United Nations and the African Union to find lasting solutions to conflicts in African and elsewhere.

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