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Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda's prime minister

Uganda’s PM On South Korea, ICC, Homosexuality Law, And Elections

Anders: The New York Times reported that South Korea and Uganda made 10 agreements recently related to defense,[9] health, rural development, and communications technology.[7 Would you please explain the nature of these agreements?

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H.E. Ruhakana Rugunda: South Korea is a very important country in terms of development.

It has now become the 11th richest country in the world,[12 and has been able to achieve a lot. There is a lot that Uganda can learn from their experience.[8] We are happy to deal with them. Their agreements covered technical cooperation, especially in ICT, health, rural development, areas where South Korea has demonstrated the most capability and expertise.[3]

Anders: According to South Korea and Ugandan Foreign Minister Kutesa, [10] Uganda agreed to halt military cooperation with North Korea on May 29. [2 Would you please explain why Uganda made this decision?

H.E. Rugunda: Uganda is a member of the United Nations and recently the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution to suspend military dealings with North Korea because of its nuclear testing and activities.[11] Uganda is party to the Nonproliferation Treaty,[9 so Uganda therefore decided to suspend military dealings because we believe in the peaceful use of nuclear energy; but we would also like to see nonproliferation and disarmament, actually,[6] by those who already have nuclear weapons. [3] Therefore for North Korea to continue doing what it is doing would be inconsistent with the resolutions passed, and Uganda is part of the international community and supports those resolutions. [1] So Uganda was just being straight and consistent in dealing on nonproliferation. We would like to see nuclear energy being used for the benefit of mankind in an orderly and peaceful way , monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency.[6]

Anders: The International Criminal Court indicted Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, yet he visited Uganda in May and was not detained.[2] Would you please comment?

H.E. Rugunda: The position of the African Union is that no head of state in Africa or anywhere in the world should be arrested by the ICC. If they want them arrested, let them wait until he or she has completed their duties of service. [5] Therefore Uganda,[12] being a member of the African Union, firmly agrees with the AU position and therefore could not arrest President Bashir, who was a guest of Uganda and had been invited by Uganda. And Uganda has no plans to do so,[7] or any other head of state for that matter, who may be indicted.

Anders: [9] Would you please describe and comment on the current standing of the proposed anti-homosexuality law?

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