Kenya's Kibaki appeals for AU intervention in Somalia

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki will Tuesday depart for Sir te, Libya, for the 13th session of the African Union (AU) Heads of State Assembl y , slated for 1-3 July, during which he is expected to appeal for Africa's interv e ntion in Somalia to save the interim government there, officials said on Monday.
During the meeting, Kibaki is expected to make a strong appeal to the AU to help salvage Somalia from the humanitarian catastrophe occasioned by increased fight i ng and deteriorating security situation in the Horn of Africa country, the Presi d ential Press Service (PPS) said.
The President is also expected to urge AU to step up efforts to stop acts of agg ression against the legitimate government of Somalia by armed groups opposed to i t and save the country from sliding into total anarchy.
Under Kibaki’s leadership, Kenya played a key role in the Somali peace process, leading to major achievements, including the signing, in Nairobi, of the Transit i onal Charter, which provided the legal framework for forming the Transitional Fe d eral Parliament and Government of Somalia on 29 January 2004.
The President has also, on several occasions and in different fora, expressed hi s personal and Kenya’s commitment to a lasting solution to the Somali conflict.
While receiving the 2003 annual Gandhi-King award for non-violence 23 October 20 03, Kibaki pledged Kenya’s continued support for the search for peace in Somalia within the framework of IGAD, the African Union and the United Nations.
Addressing the 13th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the IGAD Heads of State and Governm ent in Nairobi 29 October last year, Kibaki reaffirmed Kenya’s commitment to the realization of a stable and peaceful Somalia and called on UN to honour its mand a te of maintenance of international peace and security in Somalia which urgently r equires a strong peace-keeping force.
The President also underlined Kenya’s support to the UN Security Council Resolut ion 1814 and 1816 that authorises the use of force against piracy off the Somali coastline.
Acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the Indian Ocean have negative effects on the entire maritime transport and undermine commerce and industry no t only in the East African region but Africa as a whole.
The theme of the 13th Ordinary Session of the African Union Heads of State and G overnment is “Investing in agriculture for economic growth and food security.

29 june 2009 20:08:00




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