When Idi Amin tried to bring Peace to the North ...and got nowhere at all!

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Older readers will I'm sure recall the colourful Leader of the African State of Uganda in the 1970s

- one Idi Amin.:cool:



He was as they might say 'good copy' and the English Tabloid Press were full of his lurid and bloody exploits - some more true than others one suspects...

Back in the days before the Internet (surely I cant be the only one to remember that far back?) the bold Mr Amin tried his hand at attempting to solve the apparently intractable and terrible problems in the North of Ireland in the aftermath of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings and the UWC strike that threatened to bring the North to a standstill

He sent a Telegram* the British Prime Minister of the time - Harold Wilson - offering to host a Peace Conference on the issue:

Tuesday 28 May 1974
Document reference: PREM 16/148
Telegram from Idi Amin to Harold Wilson.
This document is a telegram from General Idi Amin Dada, then President of the Republic of Uganda, to Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister. In the telegram Amin offers to host a conference in Uganda where representatives of the conflict in Northern Ireland could meet.

"I suggest that representatives of the Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland as well as representatives of your government come to Uganda, far away from the site of the battle and antagonism, for a conference on how to bring peace to their province. I would discuss with and make suggestions to them as how to end the fighting in Northern Ireland. "
CAIN: New Year Releases 2005 - Public Records of 1974

* a message sent by telegraph and then delivered in written or printed form.

But apparently poor Mr Amin's attempt was rebuffed and one of the Modern World's 'What might have beens' ended up in the Dustbin of History....:?
 


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Older readers will I'm sure recall the colourful Leader of the African State of Uganda in the 1970s

- one Idi Amin.:cool:



He was as they might say 'good copy' and the English Tabloid Press were full of his lurid and bloody exploits - some more true than others one suspects...

Back in the days before the Internet (surely I cant be the only one to remember that far back?) the bold Mr Amin tried his hand at attempting to solve the apparently intractable and terrible problems in the North of Ireland

He sent a Telegram* the British Prime Minister of the time - Harold Wilson - offering to host a Peace Conference on the issue:

Tuesday 28 May 1974
Document reference: PREM 16/148
Telegram from Idi Amin to Harold Wilson.
This document is a telegram from General Idi Amin Dada, then President of the Republic of Uganda, to Harold Wilson, then British Prime Minister. In the telegram Amin offers to host a conference in Uganda where representatives of the conflict in Northern Ireland could meet.

"I suggest that representatives of the Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland as well as representatives of your government come to Uganda, far away from the site of the battle and antagonism, for a conference on how to bring peace to their province. I would discuss with and make suggestions to them as how to end the fighting in Northern Ireland. "
CAIN: New Year Releases 2005 - Public Records of 1974

* a message sent by telegraph and then delivered in written or printed form.

But apparently poor Mr Amin's attempt was rebuffed and one of the Modern World's 'What might have beens' ended up in the Dustbin of History....:?
Maybe His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada might have done better than Blair, Bush, Obama etc on bringing peace when you think about the middle east -

 

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At the very least he could have promoted a few brigadiers to field Marshal and got down in the hood with Djarryango...
 

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At the very least he could have promoted a few brigadiers to field Marshal and got down in the hood with Djarryango...
Amin actually served in the King's African Rifles of the British Colonial Army from 1946 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant been only one of the first two Ugandan officers. Not of course the first or last war criminal to come from the British forces, another reason to wear your poppy when it comes around eh ?
 

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The British would have known what Amin was and what he supported. In 1972 he accused the Asians in Uganda of encouraging corruption and said there was no room in Uganda for them. He went on to deport all of them in phases, the ones with British citizenship went first, then those with Indian and pakistani citizenship, then those applying for citizenship and finally Ugandan citizens of Asian descent. They were given 90 days to leave and they were only allowed take £50 with them.
Short-sighted demagogue who played the race card: Idi Amin expelled the Asians 20 years ago. Richard Dowden, Africa Editor, explains why the decision was supported by Ugandans | The Independent

He wouldn't have been capable of holding a peace conference.
 

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The British would have known what Amin was and what he supported. In 1972 he accused the Asians in Uganda of encouraging corruption and said there was no room in Uganda for them. He went on to deport all of them in phases, the ones with British citizenship went first, then those with Indian and pakistani citizenship, then those applying for citizenship and finally Ugandan citizens of Asian descent. They were given 90 days to leave and they were only allowed take £50 with them.
Short-sighted demagogue who played the race card: Idi Amin expelled the Asians 20 years ago. Richard Dowden, Africa Editor, explains why the decision was supported by Ugandans | The Independent

He wouldn't have been capable of holding a peace conference.
The Germans kicked the Poles out of East Germany in 1990

- but somehow or others we never got to hear about that one....:|
 

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The Germans kicked the Poles out of East Germany in 1990

- but somehow or others we never got to hear about that one....:|
Oh we hear about a lot of things. But do they belong in your thread about Idi Amin? Why would you want to derail your own thread?
 

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Oh we hear about a lot of things. But do they belong in your thread about Idi Amin? Why would you want to derail your own thread?
For comparative purposes...:cool:

Once knew a Doctor in England who made a Fortune out of it all

Apparently all the Ugandans arriving in the UK had to get a Medical Clearance Certificate (or such like)

The Doc charged a high fee

- paid courtesy of the NHS!:cool:

It was disgusting the way the Indian population was treated though

Esp ones with passports issued by the British...
 

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There was a music festival in Macroom in the 1970's called the Mountain Dew festival.
The organisers once invited Amin to open it.
They quickly changed their minds when they got a full blast of criticism from various human rights and other organisations.
 

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There was a music festival in Macroom in the 1970's called the Mountain Dew festival.
The organisers once invited Amin to open it.
They quickly changed their minds when they got a full blast of criticism from various human rights and other organisations.
IIRC the late Mr Cosgrave once ordered immediate plans for the Army to be able to block the runways at various Airports here

- as it was suspected Mr Amin might try to fly into the UK without prior clearance

- and try his Luck here instead...
 

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IIRC the late Mr Cosgrave once ordered immediate plans for the Army to be able to block the runways at various Airports here

- as it was suspected Mr Amin might try to fly into the UK without prior clearance

- and try his Luck here instead...
Perhaps you mean that Mr. Cosgrave received orders to block the runway...
 

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Idi Amin was a mass murderer and in the unlikely event there is a hell i hope he is rotting in it.
 


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