SOMALI REFUGEES IN KENYA URGED TO COMPLY WITH ORDER TO RETURN HOME
NAIROBI,– President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud of Somalia, who is on a visit to Kenya, has urged Somali refugees camping at the huge Daadab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya to comply with Nairobi’s directive to return home.
Somalia’s president made the pronouncement after holding talks here Wednesday with President Uhuru Kenyatta and promised that the exercise would be an orderly and humane transition.
The visiting president also expressed his profound gratitude to the government and the people of Kenya for hosting hundreds of thousands of his people for the past 25 years.
During the visit to Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, President Muhamud assured his people that his government was committed to receiving them back home to participate in the process of nation-building, peace-building and national reconciliation.
He also affirmed them that the process would be orderly, humane and dignified in accordance with the tripartite agreement.
Somalia’s president expressed deep gratitude to Kenyans for hosting his people and the key role that the country played in promoting peace, security, unity and stability in Somalia, while calling on the international community to provide adequate support to his government as it received the returnees.
The two leaders underscored that the Tripartite Agreement signed by Somalia, Kenya and the United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) provided the framework for fast-tracking the orderly, humane and dignified repatriation of the Somali refugees.
They noted that this co-operative endeavour would enhance the spirit of pro-active collaboration over and above the framework of the Tripartite Agreement.
They called upon the international community, in line with the principles of burden-sharing, to support this process by providing adequate support to the Federal Government of Somalia to receive the returnees.
Source: Name News Network