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US Ambassador Urges Uganda To Drop Anti-Gay Bill

Jim Burroway

December 18th, 2009

Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs.AFP is reporting that Johnnie Carson, the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, told reporters that he has met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni twice since October to urge him to “to do everything he can to stop this particular legislation.” But that urging comes without an important stick:

He added that it is premature for US government to consider withdrawing aid from Uganda because Museveni himself said he does not support the legislation and the battle is not yet lost. “We won’t make any threats (about withdrawing aid) but we are strongly opposed to this legislation,” Carson said. “And we’re looking to President Museveni to show the same kind of leadership that he’s shown in the fight against AIDS, in the fight to protect the rights of all adults,” whatever their sexuality, he added.

The European Parliament yesterday passed a resolution warning that Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill would put at least part of the EU’s $250 million development aid to Uganda in jeopardy. Sweden had made a similar announcement last month, putting its $50 million at risk.

Click here to see BTB’s complete coverage of recent anti-gay developments in Uganda.

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