Kenya supports speedy resettlement of Somali refugees
Uhuru at a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Secretary of UK Mr. Kenya supports the timely return and resettlement of Somali refugees in their motherland, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. The Head of State was speaking today at Lancaster House in the United Kingdom when he addressed the London Conference on Somalia.
“In this regard, we urge the international community, in particular the United Nations, the World Bank and the African Development Bank, to work in concert to help create this environment,” President Kenyatta said. President Kenyatta pointed out that since he took office, just four weeks ago, he has held discussions with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia twice with the aim of advancing shared goals.
“In particular, I invited President Hassan to Mombasa during which we agreed on a number of important steps that will safeguard our common interest during the post conflict, peace-building and stabilization process,” President Kenyatta said. In this regard, the President called on the international community to support the efforts being undertaken by IGAD.
“The successful conclusion of the Transition Roadmap in August last year and the liberation of large territory from the control of Al Shabaab have widened a window of opportunity for lasting peace in Somalia. Somalia is on course, now more than ever, to lasting peace,” the President said. Underlining the importance of security to any stabilization process, the President said the political, economic recovery and development, and humanitarian programmes will not be viable without security.
He, therefore, emphasized that the reform of the Somali security sector must be holistic, inclusive, logically sequenced and prioritized.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Kenya Broadcasting Corporation