Uganda Denies Backing DRCongo Rebels, Dismisses U.N. Sanctions
[An Nahar] Uganda will contradict U.N. accusations that it supports the M23 rebel group in Democratic Republic of the Congo
...formerly the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Zaire, and who knows what else, not to be confused with the Brazzaville Congo or
Republic of Congo, which is much smaller and much more (for Africa) stable. DRC gave the world Patrice Lumumba and Joseph Mobutu, followed by years of tedious civil war. Its principle industry seems to be the production of corpses. With a population of about 74 million it has lots of raw material...
, and does not fear threatened sanctions, Kampala's acting foreign minister said Saturday.
The U.N. Security Council said Friday it intends to sanction leaders of M23 and implicitly threatened Rwanda and Uganda, accused in a recent U.N. report of arming the movement.
"We are in the process of preparing a formal response to the allegations" made in the United Nations
...Parkinson's Law on an international scale...
report, Henry Okello Oryem told Agence La Belle France Presse.
"We shall respond word by word and statement by statement", he added. "Threats of sanctions talked about is mere talk and we are undeterred by them because the truth will come out."
He described the U.N. accusations and the threat of sanctions as "another manipulation by individuals in the U.N. ... who are trying to fail the regional efforts on DRC."
Kampala is chairing regional efforts by leaders of the Great Lakes region to try to end the chronic violence in eastern DRCongo and to deploy a neutral force there.
When asked if Uganda still has the moral authority to lead the regional initiative, Oryem said: "Put that question to the DRC government.
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