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Uganda Responds To International Threats Over Anti-Gay Law

People stand on a float holding signs saying 'Love Uganda, hate homophobia' in reaction to Uganda's law banning homosexuality
People stand on a float holding signs saying 'Love Uganda, hate homophobia' in reaction to Uganda's law banning homosexuality. Hundreds of people gathered on the streets of Green Point in Cape Town, South Africa, on March 1, 2014 to take part in the 2014 Gay Pride Parade. AFP PHOTO/JENNIFER BRUCE (Photo credit should read JENNIFER BRUCE/AFP/Getty Images)

KAMPALA, June 19 (Reuters) - Uganda said on Thursday that any threats to cut aid would not alter its decision to toughen laws against homosexuals, after U.S. officials said they would announce new measures against Kampala over the issue.

"Uganda is a sovereign country and can never bow to anybody or be blackmailed by anybody on a decision it took in its interests, even if it involves threats to cut off all financial assistance," government spokesman Ofwono Opondo told Reuters, adding that Uganda had not been notified of any U.S. "decision or sanctions".

(Reporting by Elias Biryabarema; Writing by Edmund Blair; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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