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KENYAN PRESIDENT DISCUSSES SOMALIA, SOUTH SUDAN WITH VISITING UN GENERAL ASSSEMBLY PRESIDENT

NAIROBI, May 9 (NNN-KBC) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has held talks here with the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Peter Thomson, on the need for the UN to increase funding for the efforts to stabilise Somalia.

President Kenyatta said the UN should do more to support the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) so that the force can play a bigger role in supporting the government of Somalia in neutralising the terrorist threats in the country.

He said the UN also needed to provide more funds to the government of Somalia so that it can do more to ensure the safety of its people.

Noting that the European Union (EU) had supported AMISOM forces and that the UN should do more to help Somalia, he said: The EU has worked hard and its work is appreciated but ultimately the UN has a responsibility to support the mission."

Their discussions came ahead of the May 11 3rd London Conference on Somalia, which President Kenyatta is scheduled to attend.

President Kenyatta also spoke about the security situation in South Sudan and told Thomson that the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) needed to be re-organized and re-aligned to meet its responsibility effectively. This should be done as soon possible in order to set the pace for the process of stabilising South Sudan, he added.

Thomson is visiting Kenya to attend 26th Session of the Governing Council of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN�Habitat), which opened here Monday. -- NNN-KBC

Source: NAM News Network