President Yoweri Museveni has urged world leaders at the United Nations Summit on Refugees to deal firmly with the causes of the crisis, stating that “it is not correct to continue treating the symptoms but not the disease itself.”
Museveni told the world leaders on Tuesday that often, the refugees “are running from sectarian persecution occasioned by the ideological bankruptcy of the groups involved that rely on indisciplined and criminal armies or militias.”
“In order to end the phenomenon of refugees, the ideology of sectarianism must be condemned and banished by the AU, supported by the UN,” Museveni said.
“Indisciplined armies and rebel groups must be black-listed and punished. It is not correct to continue treating such criminals with velvet gloves or to continue treating the symptoms but not the disease itself.”
He gave Rwanda as an example of why world leaders should always know the genesis of each refugee problem, and how a bad situation can produce good at the end.
Museveni said it is also not correct to treat African refugees as if they are “flukers seeking to consume the resources of the indigenous people.”
Museveni also addressed the General Assembly
FULL STATEMENTS below at the Refugee Summit and at 71st UN General Assembly