The Star (Nairobi)

28 June 2014

Kenya: UN Pledges to Support Kenya On Combating Terrorism

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Military deploys security personnel to reduce illegal weapons smuggling and terrorism (file photo).

President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta receive the United Nations Secretary General Ban-ki Moon when he called on them at State House Nairobi.Photo/PSCU

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Saturday said the UN is determined to work with the Kenya Government in combating terrorism.

He said the UN will support Kenya's efforts against the global vice by boosting the capacity of the country's security agencies.

"I have had a very fruitful discussion on major political and security issues concerning counter-terrorism, Somalia, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region," the UN Secretary General said.

He added: "We have exchanged views at length about how the UN and Kenya can work together in countering the heinous attacks against the people and the country."

Ban made the remarks when he addressed the press after holding talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.

He commended President Kenyatta for playing a leading role in the war against terrorism and also in environmental conservation.

"It is my hope that under President Kenyatta's leadership Kenya will enjoy prosperity, peace, harmony and security. I thank you very much Mr. President for your leadership," Ban said.

Noting that millions of tourists visit Kenya every year to marvel at its natural heritage, the UN Secretary General regretted that the country's wildlife is under threat from poaching, illegal wildlife trafficking, and human-wildlife conflicts.

He cautioned that wildlife crime is not a simple threat to animals but also a major security impediment as it has links to organised crime and even insurgent groups.

"The same routes used to smuggle wildlife products and timber across countries are often used to traffic weapons, drugs and people," he said.

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