Federal government boycotts conference on repatriation of Somali refugees in Kenya

GTimes, 27 May- Source: Radio Mustaqbal

A tripartite conference between the governments of Somalia, Kenya and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was due to open in Kenyan capital, Nairobi is about to collapse. The participants of the conference will discuss repatriation of Somali refugees in Kenya’s major cities and the refugee camps in North Eastern Kenya.

However, the federal government of Somalia declined to take part in the conference claiming that the government of Kenya has mistreated Somali nationals who sought refuge in her country and forcefully deported hundreds of refugees with legal documents.

The foreign ministry of Somalia sent open letter to the government of Kenya and United Nations informing that it will not attend the conference until Kenya stops mishandling its people.

According to sources in Kenya, the conference was suspended after Mogadishu boycotted it.

There has been a tripartite agreement between Somalia, Kenya and the UNHCR which the three parties agreed to start to pave the way for a voluntary return of Somali refugees in Kenya.

Kenyan security forces have also arrested one of the Somali diplomats in Nairobi a move which briefly strained the diplomatic ties between the governments after the federal government called back its serving ambassador in Kenya Mohamed Ali Noor Ameriko.

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