Neighbours smoke peace pipe
From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – KENYA and Somalia have allayed fears the decision by the former to force out thousands of refugees would strain relations between the neighbouring countries.
There has been some tensions following the decision by Kenya to close the Dabaab refugee centre, home to more than 300 000 Somalis that have fled the decades-long civil strife in their country.
The forcible repatriations are imminent.
However, the countries have resolved their differences following Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, visiting Kenya for talks with his counterpart, Uhuru Kenyatta.
The two leaders reaffirmed the good neighborliness, bonds of heritage and shared destiny between Kenya and Somalia.
They reaffirmed their firm commitment to work together on areas of mutual interest.
Kenyatta and Mohamud assured the refugees the repatriation exercise will be orderly, humane and dignified as per the Tripartite Agreements.
Mohamud subsequently invited Kenyatta to visit Somalia in the near future.
Kenyatta accepted the invitation.
Mohamud assured the 340 000 refugees affected by the closure of the Dabaab refugee camp of their safety back in Somalia.
He urged them to return to Somalia to rebuild the country.
Dadaab is the world’s largest refugee site, consisting of five camps.
The complex opened in 1991 as a temporary shelter for Somalis fleeing civil war.
Kenya recently announced plans to close it as it had become a breeding ground for the Al Shabaab terror sect.
The East African country has insisted with the camps closure despite international condemnation.
– CAJ News
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