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SECURITY: Great Lakes Regional Intelligence chiefs in Kampala

The Great Lake Region Intelligence chiefs have convened in Kampala for security meeting on conflicts resolutions in the region.

Brig. Gen Felix Kulayigye, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) spokesperson said the meeting kicked off today 23rd August and shall last for three days in Kampala.

He says the meeting is a follow up of the Goma meeting that was held in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) early this year.

Maj. Gen Jame Birungi, the UPDF Chief of Military Intelligence (CMI) opened the fifth meeting of the Heads of Intelligence and Security service of contact and coordination group member states.

“Maj. Gen Birungi applauded the office of the Nation’s Security-General for initiating the contact and coordination group, intended to explore non-military strategies for conflict resolution in the great lakes region,’’ Kulayigye stated.

Maj Gen James Birungi gives his remarks during the opening of the meeting.

He said that the meeting comes at a time when regional peace and security is threatened by numerous threats such as terrorism, trans-national and cyber-crime.

The special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Great Lake Region H.E Xia Huang is expected to address the security Chiefs on the issue of security in the Great Lake Region and East Africa Region.

The representative of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region.

“It was a pleasure to meet H.E Xia Huang, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Great Lake Region and his delegation. He called on me at State a House Entebbe where we discussed issues of security in the East African Region. I welcome him,’’ President Museveni said.

Kalayigye said the main objective of this meeting is to take stock of the operationalization of the contact and coordination group as well as that of its operational units in the current security context and to decide on the next steps to that effects.

The meeting was attended by representatives from CCG Member States, Observer States, Guarantor institutions of the Framework Agreement and Partners.

The main objective of the 3-day meeting is to take stock of the operationalization of the Contact and Coordination Group as well as that of its Operational Unit in the current security context and to decide on the next steps to that effect.

The Guarantor Institutions of the Framework Agreement include; United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, African Union and the Southern African Development Community.

Other Partners to the Framework are the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism, Joint Intelligence Fusion Centre, MONUSCO, and the United Nations Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions.

Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania are the partner states of contact and coordination group.

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