Kenya: UN chief lauds Kenya's contribution to peace, security in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, late Wednesday commended Kenya’s contributions to international efforts to promote peace and security in Africa, particularly in Somalia and South Sudan.

The UN chief, accompanied by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, made the remarks when he met President Uhuru Kenyatta and his cabinet in Nairobi.

Ban highlighted the peace, security and development issues discussed throughout his tour of the Horn of Africa and urged Kenya’s continued engagement and leadership on issues affecting the Horn of Africa.

The Secretary-General noted his earlier visit to the Dadaab Refugee Camp in north eastern Kenya and thanked  the country for providing a safe haven to refugees.

He encouraged Kenya’s continued full support to the refugees, including medical services and other humanitarian assistance as well as their safe and voluntary return.

In later remarks to the press, the UN chief said that he knew Kenya had been working hard to end the terrible practice of female genital mutilation.

“Tomorrow, I shall meet Kenyan media and campaigners at the launch of The Guardian’s Global Media Campaign to put an end to it," said  Ban, adding that he was encouraged by the interest and support being given to this issue by significant sections of the Kenyan media.

The UN chief is on a tour of the Horn of Africa, aimed at promoting development and consolidating peace and security across the wider region.

He is on a joint trip uniting the capacities of the United Nations, World Bank, European Union, Islamic Development Bank, and and  the African Development Bank.

The trip targets a swathe of countries in the Horn of Africa, spanning Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda, with an US$8 billion development initiative.
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30 october 2014 09:11:50

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