Thursday, 23 September 2010

Kenya keeps pushing US to do more on Somalia

Somali al-Shabaab insurgents arrive in Mogadishu on Decemcer 27, 2008. The insurgents have vowed to continue waging war until Somalia becomes an Islamic state. File Photo 
By Kevin Kelley  (email the author)
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Posted Thursday, September 23 2010 at 18:38

Foreign Minister Moses Wetang'ula is pushing hard at the United Nations this week for an end to the US policy of “benign neglect” towards Somalia.
There are signs that Kenya's diplomatic campaign for greater US involvement is having a strong impact on influential figures outside government and a limited impact on officials in the Obama administration.
Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said on Wednesday that Mr Wetang'ula “has made a very powerful plea” for the international community to recognise the gravity of the threat posed to Kenya by lawlessness in Somalia. “We're very close to Kenya,” Ambassador Rice noted.
Asked in an interview with National Pubic Radio about Mr Wetang'ula's call for UN “peace enforcers,” rather than peacekeepers, to be deployed in Somalia, Ms Rice said she had spoken with the foreign minister in New York this week.Read More

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