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Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what her assessment is of the (a) loss of lives, (b) destruction of property and (c) threat to security in Uganda as a result of the demonstrations in the wake of the arrest of Dr. Besigye on 14 November 2005; and if she will make a statement. (79947)

The UK, on behalf of the EU, issued a statement on 18 November 2005 expressing deep concern at the events following the arrest of Dr. Besigye on 14 November 2005. In the two days following the arrest there was rioting, vandalism and looting in the streets and 57 suspects were arrested, but later released. Five Government cars and two telephone kiosks were set ablaze.

In the statement, the EU said that it was particularly concerned about the use of live ammunition by the Ugandan Police on 14 November 2005, which resulted in the tragic death of one person and injuries to six others. The EU also called on Dr. Besigye’s party, the Forum for Democratic Change, to

‘encourage people to avoid violence and confrontation and to respect the Law and Constitution’.

The full text of the statement can be found at the following website: