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Uganda Could Pull Out Of Somalia

The Republic of Uganda is reviewing its mission in war-torn Somalia. Asuman Kiyingi Uganda’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, made these remarks after the UN accused it (Uganda) of backing rebels in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo saying Uganda could now suspend its involvement in Somalia.

He claims Uganda has been “Stabbed in the back” by the World body.

This comes at the back drop of a report by a UN panel of experts that accused both Uganda and Rwanda of supplying the M23 rebels in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo with weapons, a charge both countries have denied. The conflict in the East of the country has left an estimated 500,000 people homeless.

Uganda supplies more troops to the AU mission than any other country

As it appears, Uganda has responded to these allegations by stating it is reviewing the whole Somalia mission in addition to the UN Peace Keeping Operations in the Central African Republic.

“We are reviewing our engagement in Somalia until these malicious allegations are withdrawn and the international community at the UN assure the people of Uganda that the sacrifices they are making are appreciated and recognized instead of being stabbed in the back the way that… report did,” Asuman Kiyingi told the BBC.

Uganda has bore the brunt of having sent its troops to Somalia. In July 2010 more than 70 people died when suicide bombers linked to Al Shabaab attacked the capital Kampala. It should be noted that Uganda contributes a lion’s share of the African Union (AU) Mission  troops in the horn of Africa nation that has been plagued by war over the last twenty years.

The African Union troops have played a significant role in forcing Al-Qaeda linked Islamic Militants Al-Shabaab out of their previously held positions, bringing a semblance of peace to the country, a point that could worry the international community if Kampala goes with the plan to review the mission.

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