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Somalia-Kenya Crisis Committee issues preliminary report

Djibouti (SD) – The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has recently appointed a commission to resolve the diplomatic crisis between Somalia and Kenya, met with Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh today.

The committee briefed President Guelleh on their trip to the Somali-Kenyan border to assess the security situation and Somalia federal government’s complaints that the Kenyan government had been deployed troops there.

Yassin Buuh, Djibouti’s ambassador to Kenya, who led the delegation, said they had made several trips to the Somali-Kenyan border and had assessed the situation there.

Buuh said he had met with federal and Kenyan military officials, noting that he had held a private meeting with AMISOM officials there to confirm Somalia’s complaints that Kenya had set up militias along the border.

He also said that they went to Mogadishu, and discussed with senior government officials the resolution of the dispute between the two countries, and reported on their observations on the border between the two countries.

Chairman Buuh declined to comment on their meetings with both countries’ leaders, but did not yet reveal the exact nature or a resolution for the border dispute.

The Somali government has previously cut political ties with the Kenyan government, accusing it of interfering in the country’s internal affairs and organizing anti-security militias along the border.

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