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|ISSUE 53 January 25, 2003||
Musyoka: Somalia Crisis a Burden to Kenya
Nairobi, January 24, 2003 (The East African Standard): Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) member states have made the Somalia peace process a financial burden to Kenya.
Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Minister Kalonzo Musyoka said yesterday IGAD was not honoring pledges towards funding the peace process.
He said financing the cause was seriously meddling in allocations to other key Government ministries.
"We are financing the talks at the expense of other ministerial allocations. IGAD members must honor their responsibilities," he said.
Musyoka said in a press statement an estimated US $1.6 m in pledges was yet to be paid by other IGAD members. The funds were pledges made on the funding of the reconciliation process.
He said financial hiccups were causing unnecessary delays in negotiations currently going on in Eldoret.
Musyoka met Somalia delegates from the IGAD front-line states early this week in an effort aimed at boosting the peace initiative.
The Government last week made changes in the management committee and appointed former envoy Bethwel Kiplagat to head the reconciliation process to replace Elijah Mwangale who was appointed last year.
Kalonzo asked Somalia delegates to ensure the reconciliation process is kept on course.
He said Kenya was committed to ensuring a peaceful solution is found to the Somalia problem. The country would continue playing a key role in the peace initiative, he said.