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Foreign forces cannot bring peace to a country, President Museveni tells UN investigations team
“It must be the people of the affected country to fight and defeat terrorism within their territory, friendly forces, like the UPDF, should come in not to replace the people but to strengthen them,” the President said.
President Yoweri Museveni meeting UN Special Investigations team leader Dmitry Titov, in the middle UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Rosa Malango.

President Yoweri Museveni meeting UN Special Investigations team leader Dmitry Titov, in the middle UN Resident Coordinator, Ms Rosa Malango. (PPU Photo)

President Yoweri Museveni has said that the United Nations is responsible for preserving terrorism in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.

The President said this on Tuesday during a meeting with a UN Special Investigations Team led by Dmitry Titov which is investigating the circumstances under which the recent killing of Tanzanian soldiers serving under MONUSCO in Congo took place.

 

“The UN operation in D.R. Congo and to some extent in Somalia was conservation of terrorism. The terrorists are weak. They have had freedom of movement and space but made no progress in their ventures. If they were strong they would have made a big impact,” he said.

 

At least 14 United Nations peacekeepers were killed in the restive Democratic Republic of Congo, last December in what was described as the deadliest attack in the organisation’s recent history. The peacekeepers, who were from neighbouring Tanzania, were killed in the North Kivu province. 40 others were wounded, including several critically.

 

And Mr Dmitry Titov who was until recently the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for the Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations is leading a team investigating the circumstances under which these peacekeepers were killed.

 

In the meeting with Mr Titov, president Museveni also insisted that foreign forces can not pacify a country, and it must the citizens of the affected country who fight and defeat terrorism.

 

“It must be the people of the affected country to fight and defeat terrorism within their territory, friendly forces, like the UPDF, should come in not to replace the people but to strengthen them,” the President said. He reiterated that it must be the citizens to clear their country'' He said.

 

President Museveni said that if the local groups in Congo and Somalia cannot work with the population to guard their countries, the friendly forces should come in with enough manpower to clean up the affected areas. He noted that if neighbouring D.R. Congo had enough numbers they would have succeeded in solving the problem.

 

He observed that D.R. Congo has a combination of conventional, irregular and terrorist groups on its territory.

He further informed the UN investigations team that terrorists kill non-combatants who are soft targets.

 

Uganda is currently hosting to 500,000 Congolese refugees, and it is hoped that pacifying eastern Congo would reduce the number of refugees Uganda hosts.