President Yoweri Museveni has met with the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General to the Great Lakes region, Mr. Xia Huang and his delegation at State House, Entebbe.
The President and the Special Envoy discussed strategies on how to further boost greater development and cooperation among the countries of the Great Lakes Region. Secretary General Huang Xia briefed the President ahead of the forthcoming Regional Oversight Mechanism of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes region.
He also noted that the UN is steadfast in continuing to support the countries of the Great Lakes region and that his meeting with President Museveni comes at an ideal time as the Great Lakes nations are looking forward to the regional oversight mechanism summit in Kinshasa.
On the political situation, Mr. Xia Huang noted that the governments in the region have made an effort in using democracy to govern their countries. He reiterated that the UN and the region must work hand in hand to ensure that democracy is maintained in the electoral processes. Mr Xia also noted that within the Great Lakes region, Uganda is one of the most influential countries with an efficient Human Rights Commission.
The meeting comes days to the 4th Quadripartite Summit at Katuna border. In October last year, members of the UN Security Council were briefed by Mr. Huang Xia, about the positive developments in the Great Lakes region, particularly the diplomatic efforts facilitated by Presidents João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola and Félix Antoine Tshilombo Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, that he said had led to the Quadripartite Summit in Luanda Angola.
The members of the Security Council welcomed the 21st August memorandum of understanding between President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. They looked forward to its implementation, which would contribute to easing economic and political relations, for the benefit of the whole region.