Britain breaks off diplomatic relations with Uganda

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Tuesday, 27 July 1976

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The aftermath of the Entebbe Raid on 3 July 1976 was one of the reasons that Britain decided to sever diplomatic relations with Uganda on 27 July 1976.

The successful rescue attempt by Israeli commandos of hostages from a hijacked Air France Flight 139 greatly undermined Idi Amin's standing in the region. Amin accused Kenya of conspiring with Israel in and threatened military action.   

As most of the equipment used by the Kenyan military was British, Amin accused the British of plotting against him. This led to Amin expelling British diplomats as well as threatening the lives of British citizens in Uganda.

With relations at an absolute low between the two countries, Britain decided to suspend relations with Uganda. The French, who had military personnel in former colonies as well as economic interests close to Uganda, volunteered to safeguard British interests after the end of diplomatic relations between the two countries.  

References:

  1. Declassified correspondence between the British Embassy in Uganda and the British Colonial office in London [online] Available at: www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk [Accessed 23 July 2010]
  2. Operation Thunderbolt-Raid on Entebbe [online] Available at: www.bbc.co.uk [Accessed 23 July 2010]
  3. Uganda Historical Timeline [online] Available at: www.ugandamission.net [Accessed 23 July 2010]

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This article was produced by South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011

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