Uhuru: Address Root Causes of Regional Conflicts


thumb "geneva";”>As agents of people’s wellbeing, order custodians of national interests and stewards of popular aspirations, advice President Kenyatta said regional leaders should work together and forge a unity of purpose.

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The President was addressing the 6th extraordinary Summit of the Great Lakes Regionional Heads of State and Government at the United Nations offices at Gigiri in Nairobi.

“It is an African habit to seek brotherhood and work in solidarity; every community of our great continent has a saying that enunciates the Kiswahili proverb, “Umoja ni Nguvu:Unity is Strength,” he said.

President Kenyatta said the Great Lakes Region’s development and stability has been compromised by incessant conflicts that continued inflicting undesirable effects on the peoples’ social and economic development.

Member States, the Head of State said, should address the root causes of conflict and instability and work together in accordance with the principles set out in the ICGLR pact on Security, Stability and Development.

President Kenyatta said Kenya fully supports decisions adopted to address the security issues among various member States and in particular regional efforts to ensure lasting peace and security within the areas affected by conflict and internal strife.

Highlighting the significance of the pact on Security, Stability and Development and the protocol on Non-Aggression and Mutual Defence, the President urged member States to fully implement the undertakings set out in the instruments as the best means of eliminating adverse forces in the region.

President Kenyatta said, “To enable member States own conflict resolution and peace-building efforts in the region, Kenya believes that ICGLR’s regional initiatives require our full support.”

President Kenyatta expressed concern over the crisis in the Central African Republic, saying humanitarian assistance should be extended to the victims of the upheaval through the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region framework.

He asked regional leaders to remain mindful of the imperative humanitarian impacts of conflict and instability through creative preventative solutions as they sought to entrench lasting peace, firmly rooted in sustainable development and sovereignty of the people.

The ICGLR Summit was chaired by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, and was attended Central African President Michel Djotodia, United Nations Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson, the Director-General of the United Nations.


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