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Somalia dispels IGAD report on dispute with Kenya, terms ‘bias’

MOGADISHU (SD) – Somali federal government on Wednesday rebuked findings of a report from IGAD team sent to the border between Somalia and Kenya.

Information Minister Osman Dubbe said the report did not reflect the actual situation on disputes with Kenya saying the report was based on Kenya’s bidding.

“The report by the Djibouti fact-finding team comes as a shock to the Somali government. it is biased, baseless and unfair,” he said.

The minister accused the eight-member team appointed by Djibouti president who is the current chair of the regional bloc IGAD of turning down request to visit the border on Somalia’s side.

“We invited them to visit Belet-Hawo on two occasions but they declined,” Dubbe said. “We told them we will provide security on their visit to Belet-Hawo from Mogadishu but they refused.”

Somalia underscored that the report could damage the brotherhood between Djibouti and Somalia.

“We never imagined that our younger brother will stand against us. We hope that Djibouti will rescinded that decision, Djibouti was liberated by Somalia,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, Kenya welcomed findings by IGAD team, boasting that it provided the team with irrefutable evidence invalidating all allegations against Kenya.

On Monday, the team released its report which rubbished the claims by Somalia that Kenya interfered with its internal affairs and arming militia to destabilise the Horn of Africa nation.

“The commission considers that these grievances, some of which are longstanding, do not appear to it to be sufficient to justify a diplomatic separation between Kenya and Somalia. It is true that the federal government of Somalia is sovereign in its decisions,” the report by the team reads in part.

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