Kenya appeals to world not to isolate Sudan

16:08, September 01, 2010      

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Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has appealed to the international community to appreciate the delicate situation of Sudan and act proactively instead of isolating the people of the Africa's largest country.

President Kibaki, who addressed the 14th regional COMESA summit opened on Tuesday in Swaziland, emphasized that the people of Sudan should be encouraged to play their rightful role in the community of nations.

"It is my wish that the international community would appreciate the delicate situation of Sudan and act proactively. We should not isolate the people of Sudan," President Kibaki said in a statement issued by his office in Nairobi on Wednesday.

Noting that the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) is at a critical stage, the president also called on all COMESA member states to support and encourage the people of Sudan to resolve the outstanding issues in the CPA amicably as they prepare to hold a referendum in January.

"A number of important milestones including the issues of border demarcation, among others have not yet been addressed," he said.

Kibaki, however, applauded the Sudan leaders for agreeing to work together for a peaceful and prosperous country, saying so far positive achievements have been realized, most notably being the recent general elections.

On volatile peace and security in the Horn of Africa, President Kibaki urged COMESA members to play a more active role in support of the African Union and the East African bloc IGAD to restore peace in Somalia.

The president pointed out that the lack of a reliable and stable government in Somalia has immensely contributed to the growth of insurgent militant groups in as well as the emergence of piracy along the Indian Ocean coastline.

President Kibaki commended the recent decisions taken by the IGAD member states both in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and in Kampala, Uganda to give priority to the Somalia peace and security issues.

The president stressed that peace and security should be given priority in the region particularly this time when Africa commemorates the year of peace and security.

"As we look ahead, we need to give priority to peace and security as a cornerstone for development and our regional integration endeavours," he said.

Source: Xinhua


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