UN chief, Ugandan president play soccer for plight of war victims

09:14, May 31, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni played a soccer match here on Sunday, aiming at raising the awareness of the plight of war victims.

Ban Ki-moon and Museveni who played on opposite sides were joined by the Dutch and Italian ministers of justice, and war victims at a match played at the country's national stadium, Mandela National Stadium, about 10km east of the capital Kampala.

Museveni's team which wore a white uniform defeated Ban Ki-moon's team in a blue uniform by 1-0 in a symbolic match that lasted about 10 minutes.

The match, which is seen as a precursor to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Review Conference scheduled to open here on Monday, was preceded by other matches earlier in the day.

The teams were a mixture of both men and women players.

Speaking shortly after the event dubbed "War Victims Day Football Game", Museveni said the match was a collective demonstration of the solidarity with the war victims world over.

He said with the availability of mechanisms of justice, justice shall always be sought to the end.


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