25 September 2012

Kenya: Kibaki Urges UN, Aid Agencies to Move to Somalia

President Kibaki tells international agencies to move to liberated areas of Somalia New York, September 24, 2012, PPS.

President Mwai Kibaki has called on United Nations agencies and international organisations working in Somalia to relocate to the liberated areas and directly provide humanitarian assistance to Somalis living there.

The President also appealed to the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon to mobilize all relevant agencies to embark on relocating the refugees living in Kenya to liberated areas of Somalia noting that the situation created by the presence of over 65,000 refugees in Daadab Camp in Kenya was untenable.

Speaking during a meeting with UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon at the UN headquarters, President Kibaki said Kenya was fully committed to the restoration of peace and security in Somalia.

"We are gratified at recent positive developments in Somalia arising from the implementation of the political roadmap. Kenya also welcomes the convening of a Mini-Summit on Somalia. We believe the Summit will help in charting future support for the Somali Government in a coherent and well-coordinated manner," said the President.

President Kibaki said the military offensive by AMISOM that was fully supported by the Kenya Defence Forces has been successful in liberating large areas of southern Somalia from Al Shabaab.

"I have no doubt that the international community is committed to protecting those security gains and to ensuring that Somalia remains firmly on the path to sustainable peace", the President said.

President Kibaki said the United Nations Office to the African Union has improved the partnership between the UN and the African Union (AU) particularly in peace and security.

He said he was delighted by the UN decision to upgrade the UN office to the AU and expressed hope the UN would elevate a Kenyan to the new position of Under-Secretary-General to head the office.

President Kibaki welcomed the UN commitment to strengthen and upgrade United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) whose headquarters was in Nairobi noting that it would serve as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

On the forthcoming General elections in March next year, the President said his government has continued to put the necessary measures to ensure a free, fair and peaceful election.

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