Kenya assures humane repatriation of refugees

May 31, 2016 11:14 am
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The meeting reviewed the challenges that have led to limited success in assisted repatriation of refugees since the signing of the Agreement in November 2013/FILE
The meeting reviewed the challenges that have led to limited success in assisted repatriation of refugees since the signing of the Agreement in November 2013/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 31 — The closure of the Dadaab Refugee Complex and repatriation of Somali refugees will be carried out in a humane manner, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amina Mohamed has said.

This assurance was given during a meeting of the Tripartite Agreement Partners – with Honourable Abdisalam Omer, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Government of Somalia and Representatives of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee in Kenya and Somalia, at her office in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The meeting reviewed the challenges that have led to limited success in assisted repatriation of refugees since the signing of the Agreement in November 2013.

To ensure an orderly and humane process Mohamed informed that the Government of Kenya had formed a task-force that will outline the modalities of the exercise.

Noting the failure of the international community to translate their pledges into concrete support, the meeting expressed concern at the international community neglect of the Somali displacement and refugee crisis.

Both Ministers committed to working together, and underscored an equal obligation of the international community in contributing to successful repatriation that restores dignity and hope to the thousands of people that have been displaced in conditions of squalor for more than two decades.

On his part Omer expressed the appreciation of his country for the sacrifice that Kenya has made in hosting the Somali refugees for over two decades.

“Somalis are very grateful to Kenyans for keeping our nationals for 20 years or more. They have given them homes, investment opportunities and lived in Kenya as their home. We appreciate Kenya and are sure it will carry out the current exercise in the most humane manner,” said Omer.

He informed the meeting that his government was willing and ready to receive the refugees back and to ensure safe return and settlement. On the basis of this he appealed to International community to help finance the exercise.

Both ministers expressed confidence that the remain time-frame of the current Tripartite Agreement provides an opportunity and ample time to fast track the repatriation and contribute to the on-going stabilisation of Somalia.

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