KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on
Tuesday met with the UN special team investigating the
recent attacks on peacekeepers in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC) that left 15 Blue Helmets
house statement issued here on Wednesday, Museveni told
the team led by Dmitry Titov of Russia that the UN is
responsible for preserving terrorism in the neighboring
operation in DRC 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,” said Museveni.
president observed that DRC has a combination of
conventional, irregular and terrorist groups, like
Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) blamed for the deadliest
attack on peacekeepers serving under the UN Organization
Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO) last month.
“It must be
the people of the affected country to fight and defeat
terrorism within their territory, friendly forces, like
the UPDF [Uganda People’s Defense Forces], should come
in not to replace the people but to strengthen them,” he
that the UN looked forward to Uganda’s assistance in
finding answers into the killing of the Tanzanian
peacekeepers in eastern DRC’s North Kivu Province.
observed that the terrorist ADF is a common enemy adding
that MONUSCO has got the task of eliminating ADF
rebels,” said the statement.
is visiting DRC and relevant countries in the Great
Lakes region in their probe into the Dec. 7 attack,
which left 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers, 5 DRC soldiers
killed and 53 others wounded.
The UN probe
team will examine the circumstances surrounding attacks,
evaluate MONUSCO overall preparedness and response to
the events and provide recommendations on how to prevent
such attacks from occurring in the future.
Uganda says rebel
attack won’t deter DR Congo operation
KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) --
The Ugandan military on Tuesday condemned
the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels attack on the
armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC)
that left three soldiers dead.
military spokesperson Richard Karemire told Xinhua that
the Monday ADF attack on FARDC’s Muzambay base in North
Kivu Province is a desperate attempt to survive after
Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) attacks and
ongoing ground offensive by Congolese troops.
three FARDC soldiers were reportedly killed and five
others wounded while repelling the ADF attack.
reported attacks by the ADF on friendly forces will not
deter the regional efforts to wipe them,” said Karemire.
continue coordinating with FARDC in its operations
against these enemies of peace,” he said.
attack came barely two days after the Congolese army had
on Saturday announced an offensive against the rebel
group, accused of killing 14 Tanzanian Blue Helmets and
five FARDC soldiers, serving under the UN mission, last
was originally based in western Uganda before fleeing to
eastern DRC, has been accused of increased killings and
massacres of troops and civilians, rape and abduction
over the past three months in eastern DRC, according to