Uganda's Ambassador and Permanent representative at the United Nations, Mr. G.S.K. Ibingira, has assured the?
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IBINGIRA: "Arising from the agitation of the United Kingdom Government in this session on this matter, lodging complaints some of which were founded on "facts" gathered from newspapers, my President has communicated by letter to the Secretary-General the position of the Uganda Government on the most sensitive allegations made against us before this Assembly and at the bar of world opinion. He has given the following specific assurances, which were never really in doubt on our side, but which were distorted by biased powerful interests. First, all the foreign nationals asked to go are being allowed to take personal belongings as well as reasonable amounts of cash with them, which is to be delimited by our financial resources. Second, there has been, contrary to the astounding allegation of the British Secretary of State, no confiscation of any property belonging to any of the departing aliens. All those who have property in Uganda have been asked to make an inventory of such property on forms provided by our Ministry of Commerce and on the basis of which such property will be sold and the proceeds credited to the accounts of the owners of the property. Those who have bank accounts, such accounts are intact and the money still belongs to them. Third, it is not the intention, nor has it ever been the intention, of the Uganda Government to maltreat the departing aliens. Their transit out of the country from the capital city Kampala to the international airport from which they fly out is protected by well organised Police escorts. Fourth, it is not, nor has it ever been, the intention of the Uganda Government to maltreat or otherwise oppress any non-citizen who at the end of the deadline of 90 days might still remain in Uganda. This is a critical undertaking which should satisfy all those concerned."
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Background: Uganda's Ambassador and Permanent representative at the United Nations, Mr. G.S.K. Ibingira, has assured the General Assembly that Asians still remaining in Uganda after the expulsion deadline expires, will have the same protection as other foreign nationals in the country.
Mr. Ibingira, however, implied that the original 90 day deadline for the expulsion of non-citizens still stands.
He said protection of those remaining was on the assumption that efforts to continue the Asians' departure were not deliberately slowed down or frustrated.