Uganda: Off to Somalia

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December12, 2006: The president held direct talks with LRA commanders, in an attempt to finally end years of violence in the north.

December 11, 2006: Uganda and Rwanda have been discussing increasing military cooperation. At the moment the discussion is focusing on training issues. Both nations are interested in officer "exchange" training programs, with the intent of moving to joint training exercises. Rwanda and Uganda have both been emphasizing "professionalizing" their respective officer corps. In part that means weeding corrupt officers out of the military. It also means promoting based on performance, not political and tribal connections.

December 9, 2006: Uganda is willing to provide troops for an African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Somalia. Uganda has indicated it would provide at least one battalion of peacekeepers. The Ugandan parliament must approve the mission and there is some debate within Uganda about committing the troops. Uganda does not want to become part of a wider regional war if an intense (rather than low-grade) war between Somali and Ethiopia erupts.

 

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