The UPDF Chief of Military Intelligence Maj Gen James Birungi on Monday opened the fifth meeting of Heads of Intelligence and Security Services of the Contact and Coordination Group Member States in Kampala.
Gen Birungi applauded the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General for initiating the Contact and Coordination Group, which is intended to explore non-military strategies for conflict resolution in the Great Lakes Region.
He said the meeting comes at a time when regional peace and security are threatened by numerous threats such as terrorism, trans-national and cybercrime.
The representative of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Great Lakes Region said they are in Uganda for a follow-up of a meeting that was held in Goma, DRC where different engagement strategies were developed.
The meeting was attended by representatives from CCG Member States, observer states, guarantor institutions of the Framework Agreement and Partners.
The main objective of the three-day meeting is to take stock of the operationalization of the Contact and Coordination Group as well as that of its Operational Unit in the current security context and to decide on the next steps to that effect.
The Partner States of the Contact and Coordination Group are Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. Angola and Kenya are co-opted as guest states.
The Guarantor Institutions of the Framework Agreement include United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region, International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, African Union and the Southern African Development Community.
Other Partners to the Framework are the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism, Joint Intelligence Fusion Centre, MONUSCO, and the United Nations Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions.
Meanwhile, President Yoweri Museveni on Monday met with Xia Huang, the special envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the Great Lakes Region & his delegation.
During the meeting held at State House Entebbe, they discussed issues of security in the East African Region.