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UGANDAN PRESIDENT HOLDS TALKS WITH GUTERRES ON PEACE AND SECURITY IN AFRICA

ADDIS ABABA, President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has held discussions here with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the 30th African Union (AU) summit taking place in Addis Ababa on Sunday and Monday.

They discussed peace and stability in Africa's Great Lakes Region and the reforms being undertaken by the United Nations, especially on peace-keeping efforts of the world body. On the question of achieving peace and stability in South Sudan, President Museveni reiterated his position that leadership legitimacy must be derived from the people, saying the country must organize elections.

It is the population which can hold leaders accountable. They should hold elections for this to happen, Museveni said.

Guterres said he would rally the international community to offer more support to the African peacekeeping mission in Somalia, AMISOM. "We want the peace missions to be agile, effective with better intelligence and better movement, said the secretary-general. We must also have an exit strategy for our missions.

Museveni advised that the reforms should emphasise the need for the peace-keeping missions to work closely with the communities they serve.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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