By Vision Reporter
KAMPALA - President Yoweri Museveni has called on the United Nations to do more to enable the Congolese people exiled in Uganda to return home.
He said Uganda has got several Congolese refugees who are occupying schools that cannot open this term.
Museveni said the people of DR Congo are suffering on both sides of the Uganda-Congo border, and noted the people of Bunia were entirely under the mercy of terrorists.
He went on that for people to prosper in the Great Lakes Region, there must be peace, and therefore urged the UN to enable the Congo people exiled in Uganda to return to their country.
The president was meeting the UN Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson at the sidelines of the 7th Great Lakes Extra-Ordinary Summit at Munyonyo in Kampala.
“We succeeded in Burundi because we were knowledgeable and serious,” he said, adding that since 1960 the UN has been in Congo and was doing nothing.
According to the Uganda Red Cross Society, over 66,000 Congolese refugees have so far crossed over to Uganda in a continuing influx that is stretching the capacity of humanitarian workers to help the refugees.
The refugees are entering Uganda though the frontier district of Bundibugyo, and many have found temporary shelter on the campuses of three schools there.
Robinson hailed Museveni for spearheading the peace process in the Eastern DR Congo.
She recently proposed a set of principles for peace which seek to guide immediate efforts to tackle the crisis in the region, while maintaining a focus on long-term solutions.
They recognize the importance of ending the suffering of mostly the women and children who have been displaced by the violence, and call for the acceleration of the voluntary return of all refugees in the region.