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IGAD: Kibaki urges maritime security policy

Wednesday October 29 2008

Delegates attending the Inter-Governmental

Delegates attending the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) meeting at Kenyatta International Conference Centre in Nairobi on Tuesday. Photo/STEPHEN MUDIARI  


President Kibaki has called for the development of a regional maritime security policy framework in collaboration with the international community.

He has urged Inter-governmental Authority and Development member states to come up with practical mechanisms to enhance security in the region’s coastline.

The President was speaking when he opened the extra-ordinary summit of the IGAD heads of state and government at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi.

He said this has become necessary following the deteriorating security situation in Somalia and along its coastline. 

The situation in Somalia remains volatile with the escalation of insurgents targeting humanitarian workers, peacekeepers as well as both local and foreign civilians.”

President Kibaki said the increased the increased incidents of piracy in the Gulf of Eden and off the Somalia coastline have taken dangerous dimensions and that the “unfortunate situation calls for urgent and resolute measures to save the road map towards comprehensive peace in Somalia.”


He added that the country welcomes the UN Security Council Resolution 1814 and 1816 of June 2, 2008 authorising the use of force against piracy off the Somalia coastline.

“I would like to record our appreciation to our partners who have deployed warships to patrol the Somalia waters in a bid to deter these criminal activities.”

At the same time, the President called on the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia to embrace compromise and agree to work together to create viable institutions in the Horn of Africa country.

He commended the Government for signing two agreements toward the formation of a new Somalia.

The Djibouti Peace Agreement of August 18, 2008 signed between the Transitional Federal Government and the Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia aims at fast-tracking the political dialogue.

It is meant to address issues such as the comprehensive ceasefire, joint security arrangements, institutional capacity building, constitution writing, humanitarian issues and post-conflict recovery, reconstruction and development in Somalia.

The Addis Ababa Leaders’ Accord signed by the top leadership of the Transitional Federal Government on August 26, 2008 is designed to address the long-standing and unhealthy competition between the political leadership within the Government and Parliament.

However, President Kibaki said, the political deadlock in the Somali Parliament continues to be an obstacle to full implementation of key elements of the Addis Ababa Leaders Accord

“I therefore call upon all the Somalia leaders to put aside their differences for the sake of peace, stability and the welfare of their people.”

The Transitional Federal Government was formed four years ago in Nairobi and its overall mandate was to constitute functional transitional federal institutions to stabilise the security situation, review the constitution, conduct a population census and hold democratic elections by 2009.