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Thursday, 28th September 2017
President Yoweri Museveni meeting UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (on his R) and his delegation during a meeting in New York City yesterday Monday Sept 18, 2017. PPU Photo

September19, 2017 President Yoweri Museveni has held candidtalks with the United Kingdoms Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the situationin Somalia, South Sudan and Burundi, telling him there must be a more seriousconcerted effort to flush out and stop Al-Shabaab militants from Somalia and called for thestrengthening of AMISOM through provision of more equipment and personnel tofinish the job.

Uganda was the first country to deploy in Somalia in2007, under AMISOM. Together with other Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs),they have made significant contribution to peace and stability in Somalia,providing a conducive environment for social and economic development ofSomalia. Sporadic attacks by militants however threaten to reverse the peacegains.

On the situation in South Sudan, the Presidentsaid regional leaders are involved in a flurry of activities to reconcilefactions in the South Sudan conflict to stop the suffering and stem the flow ofrefugees to neighbouring countries.

According to the UNHCR, over the past 12 months, an average of 1,800South Sudanese have been arriving in Uganda every day. In addition to the millionthere, a million or even more South Sudanese refugees are being hosted bySudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central AfricanRepublic.

President Museveni said they are working onefforts to ensure unification in Burundi.

The President who is in New York to attend the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly was meeting Mr. Johnson at the Uganda Permanent Mission Offices in New York. Uganda's Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Sam Kutesa and the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Adoniya Ayebare attended the meeting.