Ssekandi Attends Korean War Armistice Anniversary In Pyongyang

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Ugandan Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi was among the foreign dignitaries who graced celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea at the weekend.

The Korean War Armistice is the agreement which ended the Korean War. It was signed on July 27, 1953, and was designed to “insure a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved.” No “final peaceful settlement” has been achieved yet.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, right, is accompanied by Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao, center, and Ugandan Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekand as they greet spectators Saturday, July 27, 2013 during the mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, right, is accompanied by Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao, center, and Ugandan Vice-President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekand as they greet spectators Saturday, July 27, 2013 during the mass military parade celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Even though it was unannounced, Ssekandi’s visit to North Korean signifies the harmonious relationship between the Democratic people’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Uganda.

It also comes a month after a delegation led by Vice Minister for People’s Security Ri Song Chol visited Uganda.

During their visit, Hon. Ri Song Chol, and his delegation held discussions with President Museveni. The president  and the Korean delegation discussed a wide range of bilateral issues concerning the two countries. North Korea is already offering support to Uganda’s police force in terms of training, including in martial arts, the development of the marine unit and the transfer of medical expertise.

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