The first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, at which Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda represented President Museveni.
He said the summit has been an important forum to share experiences and good practices in dealing with refugee and displacement issues.
“We know that no one chooses to be a refugee or to be displaced.”
As such, Rugunda said, Uganda believes that refugees and displaced people should be treated with respect and dignity.
“We salute the communities in Uganda which have welcomed and embraced refugees; sharing with them their scarce resources.”
He said the country’s view is that refugee and displacement issues should be tackled in a holistic manner–focusing on addressing the root causes–such as governance, fighting poverty, improving livelihoods, development and investing in peace, security and stability–not just the symptoms.
His remarks come at a time the neighbouring Kenya is bent on closing down Dadaab camp and kicking out Somalia refugees.