, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 13 – Kenya will host the United Nations (UN) Peace Keeping Rapid Deployment of Engineering, Africa Unit.
UN Director of Operational Support Services Houston Fergusson said the unit will boost the capacity of African countries contributing troops to UN peace keeping missions.
Fergusson made the announcement when he and a senior Japanese Government official, Nobuharu Imanishi led a UN-Japan delegation on a courtesy call on President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.
The UN Engineering Unit, the two officials said, will fill a critical gap in peace keeping. The Unit is being established by UN with support from Japan.
President Kenyatta welcomed the decision by the UN to establish its African Peace Keepers Engineering Unit in Kenya.
“Kenya is a key contributor of peace keepers and will also benefit from the unit,” the President said.
He said the Government is committed to international obligations even as Kenya continued its efforts to stabilise troubled countries in the region.
“Kenya’s effort to stabilize the region comes at a cost. My Government, however, remains committed to a peaceful region,” the President added.
He called on the international community to recognise “the sacrifices Kenya has made” in hosting refugees from different countries since independence.
“Despite all the security challenges the country has undergone, it has kept its doors open for hundreds of thousands of refugees from across the continent,” the President said.
Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Tatsushi Terada and Foreign Affairs PS Karanja Kibicho also attended the meeting.