Friday, June 10, 2011

Kenya and Ethiopia agree on border

Demonstrators outside Harambee House, Nairobi on May 10,2011 asked the government to ensure the protection of civilians living along the Kenya-Ethiopia  Border. Photo/WILLIAM OERI
Demonstrators outside Harambee House, Nairobi on May 10,2011 asked the government to ensure the protection of civilians living along the Kenya-Ethiopia Border. Photo/WILLIAM OERI
Posted  Thursday, June 9 2011 at 14:51

Kenya and Ethiopia have agreed to rehabilitate beacons along their common border as part of efforts to end hostilities between communities in the two countries.
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A team of Kenyan and Ethiopian ministers has been working on how to end cross-border hostilities between communities in the two countries.
The Kenyan delegation to the Ethiopia-Kenya joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) briefed President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga at the President's Harambee House office on Thursday on their progress.
The JMC officials briefed the President and the PM on the outcome of the 33rd session of the Ethiopia-Kenya Joint Ministerial meeting held in Addis Ababa early this month.
Top on the agenda during the joint talks between high-level representatives of the two countries included rehabilitation of beacons along the common border and the sustainable use of shared resources as set out by President Kibaki and Ethiopian Premier when they met twice in Kampala and Addis Ababa.
The President and Prime Minister were also briefed on the stepped up campaigns to promote reconciliation and maintenance of peace and cordial relations between the two countries.
During the session President Kibaki emphasized the need to develop infrastructure that link Kenya and Ethiopia especially the Moyale-Addis Ababa road among others to consolidate Kenya ’s position as the region’s economic hub.
Special forum
The JMC offered a special forum for the representatives from the two countries to reflect on the bilateral relations, consolidate areas of cooperation and work out joint policies for sustainable use and management of shared resources.
The two Principals were appraised by the JMC representatives that there was concurrence on the need to strengthen bilateral relations and cooperation in various areas such as social, political, diplomatic, security and defence .
The JMC also agreed on the need to reflect on the commitment of the both countries to safeguard the lives and property of peoples as a basic principal of democratic governance adhered to by the two neighbouring countries.
In this regard, both sides reiterated the need to intensify cooperation on migration issues, particularly, in curbing the challenges of human trafficking.
During the meeting, the JMC also appraised the President and the Prime Minister on the sustainable utilisation of the trans-boundary water resources particularly Lake Turkana catchment, Daua and Omo rivers basins.
Noting that proper management of shared resources was critical to both countries and their peoples, the JMC agreed on a comprehensive approach to deal with environmental issues along the border and the shrinking Lake Turkana waters usage.
Representatives from both countries were in consensus on periodical inspection and maintenance of the demarcated and delimitated common border to check on illegal migrations.
Other areas of cooperation between the two countries considered by the JMC included encouragement of planned exchange programmes for the youth across all fields to fast track better understanding of each other’s peoples, cultures, values as a means to promote integration.
On the energy sector, power companies of both countries which have been negotiating are finalizing the electricity purchase agreement for power connection in Moyale town in Kenya.
In attendance were Cabinet ministers Prof George Saitoti, Otieno Kajwang', Kiraitu Murungi, Yusuf Haji, James Orengo, John Michuki, Amos Kimunya, their permanent secretaries and other senior government officials.

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