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Museveni: UN missions in Africa make govts lazy

Thursday April 18 2013

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni addresses a past press conference in Entebbe. Photo/FILE

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni addresses a past press conference in Entebbe. Photo/FILE 

By XINHUA

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said UN peacekeeping missions are derailing efforts by African governments to end conflicts.

He criticised the UN system of peacekeeping saying: "External support by the UN makes governments lazy and they don' t focus on internal reconciliation.

"The mistake is internal actors with no correct vision and the UN which does not focus on internal capacity building but instead focusing on peace keeping all the time. Without the internal solutions, you can't have peace, " Mr Museveni said in a statement on Thursday.

Mr Museveni spoke during a meeting with India's Foreign Minister Salman Khurshi at State House in Entebbe.

He was responding to concerns by the minister over the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Sudan, where India lost three of its peacekeeping staff in the war.

The UN has a peacekeeping mission in the eastern DRC, where hundreds of thousands of people have been rendered homeless, with many fleeing to neighboring Uganda and Rwanda.

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