Kenya, Ethiopia create border security council

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya and Ethiopia have created a cross border security council to enhance peace and harmony along their common frontier.
Northern Kenyan government officials told PANA by telephone Saturday that the council, composed of elders from the border districts, was launched Friday at a ceremony held in the border town of Moyale.
The Kenyan delegation was led by the Eastern Provincial Commissioner, Philomena Koech, who hailed the prevailing cordial relations, adding that Nairobi was keen to maintain the "status quo" for the benefit of the peoples of the two neighbouring countries.
She disclosed that the formation of the security council was suggested last August during a meeting held at the Kenyan port of Mombasa to discuss the security situation along the common border.
Koech said that Kenyan elders from the districts of Moyale, Marsabit, Turkana and Wajir would work together with their counterparts from Ethiopia's Region Four and Five in solving border security problems.
These include the prevention of cattle rustling, control of livestock diseases, pastures, water, cross-border banditry and poaching in Kenya's Marsabit district.
Meanwhile, Koech has directed the respective District Commissioners to ensure that security meetings are held frequently to ensure peace prevails in the area.
Ethiopian delegation led by head of administration in Region Four, Itava Tolla and chief security officer of Region Four and five Abala Ayena, welcomed the creation of the council and promised to co-operate.
The two delegations condemned insecurity situation along the border, but were optimistic that the newly created security council would find a lasting solution.

27 october 2001 17:46:00

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