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Kenyatta: Help Resettle Somalia Refugees


Citizen News
Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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President Uhuru Kenyatta who is currently in London, UK has made a passionate appeal to the international community to take a decisive action and resettle Somalia refugees.

He told the conference on Somalia that Kenya will support the repatriation and resettlement of Somalia refugees most of whom reside in Kenya

“As a country, we continue to host the largest population of Somalis outside their country,”President Kenyatta said

He told world leaders attending the conference that presence of large numbers of refugees was creating a humanitarian crisis not only in Kenya but the East African region as well

He further reaffirmed the position taken recently by IGAD Summit that called the international community to develop modalities for safe and orderly return and settlement of Somali refugees with definite timelines.

The President acknowledged that securing peace in Somali was crucial for the return of refugees and urged the international community to expand it’s support to AMISON

He appealed to the World Bank, African Development Bank and other international institutions to create conducive environment for the stabilization of Somalia

Kenyatta reaffirming his government support for a secure a stable Somalia saying the conference on Somalia was the beginning of a new partnership with the war ravaged nation.

President Kenyatta later held discussions with Somalia Head of State Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on the sidelines of the meeting.

British Prime Minister David Cameron disclosed that Britain would commit 10Million Sterling Pounds to help develop Somalia’s armed forces and another 14.5 million Sterling Pounds to double the number of police officers and train judges and lawyers.

He assured the conference that his administration would help drive the country from emergency to recovery and from recovery to development and reconstruction.



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