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Kenyatta urges acion on regional political problems

17 January 2014, 17:58

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta urged the region to intensify efforts to curb the political instability and civil strife in East and Central Africa.

“The situations in South Sudan, the Central Africa Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are a wake-up call to the region that despite the region’s peace and security efforts, a lot still needs to be done,” said Kenyatta.

He was speaking at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport upon his arrival from Angola where he attended the fifth th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Great Lakes Region on Peace and Security.

He urged other leaders to scale up their support towards ending the South Sudan conflict.

“Peace and normalcy must return to South Sudan in the shortest time possible,” he said, adding that “violence should never be accepted as a means of changing a legitimately elected Government.”

South Sudan was plunged into civil strife in December after what the South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir, termed as an attempted coup by his former Vice President, Riek Machar.

Negotiations are ongoing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia between delegates of both warring sides while the two parties are yet cease fire.

Violence in Kenya’s neighbor to the north has affected Keya and led to up to 20 000 Kenyans who lived and worked in the country to be evacuated and brought back home.

- CAJ News


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