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UNITED
NATIONS
S

        Security Council
Distr.
GENERAL
S/2003/373
26 March 2003

Original: English

Letter dated 24 March 2003 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i.
of the Permanent Mission of Uganda to the United Nations
addressed to the President of the Security Council


On instructions of my Government, I have the honour to transmit to you herewith a statement issued on 22 March 2003 by the Third Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uganda, on the situation in Iraq (see annex).

I should be grateful if you would have the present letter and its annex circulated as a document of the Security Council


(Signed) Fred Beyendeza
Chargé d’affaires a.i.



Annex to the letter dated 24 March 2003 from the Chargé d’affaires a.i.
of the Permanent Mission of Uganda to the United Nations
addressed to the President of the Security Council

The current situation in Iraq

1. Cabinet sitting under the chairmanship of H.E. Yoweri Museveni, the President of Uganda on 21 March 2003 decided to support the US-led coalition to disarm Iraq by force. The Cabinet also decided that if need arises, Uganda will be ready to assist in any way possible.

2. Uganda has taken this position for the following reasons:


3. Finally, Cabinet considered the question of Palestine and reaffirmed its support for the people of Palestine to have a state of their own side by side with Israel within secure and internationally recognized borders. In this context, Cabinet underlined the significance of the United Nations and the Quartet to make serious efforts to accelerate the road map for the peace process in the Middle East.

Signed: J.F. Wapakabulo
Third Deputy Prime Minister/
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Kampala
Uganda


March 22, 2003

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