A Ugandan official says his country "respects" a U.N. court verdict that its invasion of the Democratic Republic of Congo violated Congo's sovereignty.

Information Minister James Nsaba Buturo says the Ugandan government disagrees with the ruling, but is ready to hold talks with Congo to discuss the issue of paying compensation.

DRC officials have said they may seek up to $10 billion from Uganda.

Monday, the International Court of Justice - the highest U.N. court - said Uganda acted unlawfully by invading Congolese territory in 1998. It said during their five years in the DRC, Ugandan troops committed human rights violations and plundered Congo's natural resources.

Uganda has said it invaded northeastern Congo to protect itself from Ugandan rebels based there.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.