Forces of the UN Peacekeeping mission in Mali receive their blue berets in Bamako. Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic
Forces of the UN Peacekeeping mission in Mali receive their blue berets in Bamako. Photo: MINUSMA/Blagoje Grujic

Uganda’s ministry of defense and the UN peacekeeping force in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have resolved that there is need for combined effort in eliminating negative forces in the restive vast central African country.

A ministry of defense statement issued here late on Tuesday said joint efforts should have been exerted to eliminate negative forces such as the Allied Democratic Force, a Ugandan rebel group holed up in the jungles of eastern DRC.

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The statement said this was discussed on Tuesday during a meeting between Adolf Mwesige, Uganda’s minister of defense and veteran affairs and a visiting team headed by Youssef Mahmoud from the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO).

“It was further agreed that while reviewing the mission, it is imperative that at the end of it all, there should be no vacuum or unfilled space that negative forces can take advantage of,” the statement said.

The minister and the UN team discussed the extent MONUSCO has succeeded in fulfilling its core mandate in pursuit of peace and stability.

MONUSCO is tasked with neutralizing armed groups, reducing the threat posed to state authority and make space for stabilization activities.

Mwesige commended the UN for its role in maintaining peace and security in the region while Mahmoud applauded the Ugandan military for its commitment towards sustaining peace and stability both in Uganda and beyond. Enditem

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