Kenya assures envoys of security

June 10, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 10 – Kenya has assured foreign diplomats based in Kenya of their security against any terror threats.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Moses Wetangula gave the assurance when he hosted the Norwegian Ambassador to Kenya Elisabeth Jacobsen in his office.

Mr Wetangula pointed out that the recent incident of a bomb scare at the Norwegian Embassy may be the work of some elements out to instil fear amongst diplomats.

“The Kenyan Government is not taking these threats lightly. We have already put on high alert our Diplomatic Police,” Mr Wetangula said.

The Minister added: “We are living in a volatile world and the deteriorating situation in Somalia has compounded the security situation.”

Lion’s Place building along Waiyaki Way – where the Norwegian Embassy is located – had to be evacuated two weeks ago following a bomb scare.

Mr Wetangula called upon the international community to address the issue of Somalia since it has assumed global ramifications.

He pointed out that while such threats could not be ignored, they are aimed at spreading fear and urged diplomats to remain steadfast in helping Somalia find solutions to the problems bedevilling the country.

The Norwegian Ambassador acknowledged that security has been tightened around the Embassy building to avert any terrorist threat. She affirmed her Government’s commitment to continue supporting Somalia in its efforts to achieve peace.

On the controversial report on extra judicial killings by Professor Philip Alston report, the Minister expressed concern over the manner in which the European Union issued a statement to the media long before the report was presented and debated at the United Nations. He reiterated that the Government was committed to implementing the report and is undertaking the requisite reforms.

Mr Wetangula also took the opportunity to ask the EU member countries to be conscious of their bilateral ties with Kenya even as they hold common positions as EU members.


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