, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 1 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday held talks with former President Daniel arap Moi at State House, Nairobi.
During the meeting, they discussed regional peace initiatives.
The meeting took place a day after the 6th Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government on the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
The ICGLR summit made recommendations that will see an end to conflicts in the DRC, Central African Republic and the Sudans.
At the summit, President Kenyatta said the security situation within the Great Lakes was impacting negatively on the region’s stability, which in turn affected social and economic development.
He asked the region’s leaders to cooperate in the aim of pacifying, stabilising and uniting the region with the ultimate goal of improving the people’s long term well-being.
The President asked member states to address the root causes of conflict and instability, and to work together in accordance with the principles set out in the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) pact on security, stability and development.
He said that Kenya continues to support regional efforts to ensure lasting peace and security within the areas affected by conflict and internal strife.
“Kenya supports the establishment and work of the Joint Intelligence Fusion Centre, and urges that the centre be strengthened to spearhead expeditious implementation of the Protocol on Non-Aggression and Mutual Defence,” he said on Wednesday at the sixth extraordinary ICGLR summit of the heads of state and government at the UN complex in Gigiri.
He said that Kenya remains concerned with the recurring tensions between the Republic of the Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan, and the fresh outbreak of violence in North Kivu (DRC), which has initiated a fresh cycle of humanitarian crisis in the region.
“We therefore appeal for a cessation of attacks on civilians, especially women and children, and for a quick resolution of the crisis,” he said.