BY BERNARD MOMANYI
NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 4 – President Mwai Kibaki is urging his counterparts in the IGAD region to enhance security measures to curb the growing destabilisation activities associated with Eritrea.
He told a high-powered summit in Addis Ababa on Monday that there was need to embrace what he termed as “collective security measures for sustainable development”.
“The Executive Council has drawn our attention to the growing destabilisation activities in the region, associated with Eritrea,” he said at an IGAD Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “This is a matter of serious concern and it is my hope that this Summit will focus some attention on it in view of the need for collective security and sustainable peace.”
Eritrea has been accused of engaging in activities which potentially harm peace and stability in the region, including troubled the Somalia which has been at war for more than 20 years.
“It is in the interest of all our countries that these issues are adequately dealt with at this summit,” said President Kibaki was is the chairman and rapporteur of the IGAD sub committee on Sudan.
On Southern Sudan, President Kibaki urged his regional counterparts to continue supporting it even as it heads for a major split to give birth to the world’s youngest nation on Saturday.
The Head of State told the summit that achieving sustainable peace in the Sudan remains a matter of common interest in the Horn of Africa region.
He reiterated that Kenya will remain steadfast in its support to both the North and Southern Sudan to succeed in forging harmonious relations.