Museveni, Bashir agree to work together
Posted Monday, October 14 2013 at 01:00
Sudan Foreign Affairs minister says the two leaders agreed to halt all hostile actions between the two states.
President Museveni and Omar Bashir of Sudan have agreed to work towards total peace between the two countries.
The two met at the African Union (AU) summit held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Saturday. This was the first time the two heads of state were meeting face to face in over 10 years since their disagreements during the SPLA and LRA wars in Southern Sudan and Northern Uganda respectively.
Speaking to the press after the meeting, Sudan foreign affairs minister Ali Karti said the two leaders agreed to halt all hostile actions between the two states.
The meeting, Mr Karti said, was “friendly and frank” during which President Bashir revealed ‘very serious information’ about Uganda and President Museveni responded to it. “I do not think we are now in a position to say there is a final solution to the problems, but in my opinion, there is progress in the understanding of the Ugandan President to the seriousness of the request of Sudan and the information put forward by the President of the Republic of Sudan,” Mr Karti said. He, however, did not clarify on the ingredients of the “serious information” from President Bashir but noted that the way President Museveni responded to Mr Bashir’s concerns was better than the previous times.
“President Museveni became convinced that there is a problem which must be solved,” Mr Karti said. The Sudan–Uganda relations have been on the rocks for years now due to accusations, from both sides, of supporting rebel groups in each other’s country.
Last year, the two countries agreed to reactivate a joint committee to discuss contentious issues and improve strained relations. Kampala accuses Sudan of supporting the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) rebels who operate in South Sudan’s Western Equatorial state and neighboring countries of DR Congo and Central African Republic.
In May 2011, Mr Museveni said they have intelligence that LRA rebels were planning a major offensive and warned Sudan over reports saying they received weapons from Sudan.
Khartoum on the other hand says Kampala has become a haven for Sudanese rebel leaders. Sudan had admitted to using the LRA rebels, in the past, to fight the insurgency in southern Sudan before the signing of a peace agreement in January 2005 with the SPLM.