Urgent Kenya-Ethiopia Ministerial Meeting To Resolve Border Issues

KAMPALA, May 13 (BERNAMA- NNN-KBC) — Kenya and Ethiopia have agreed to hold an urgent joint ministerial meeting to resolve border issues which have emerged after the conflict pitting Kenya’s Turkana and Ethiopia’s Merille groups.

President Mwai Kibaki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenewi, who were in Kamapala to attend Thursday’s swearing-in of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, underscored the importance of harmonious co-existence among communities living along the common borders at a meeting here.

The two leaders said peace was the cornerstone of development in the region and they re-affirmed their respective government’s commitment to stability.

The joint ministerial meeting will also seek ways of restoring any beacons that may have been destroyed along the Kenya-Ethiopia border.

President Kibaki and Prime Minister Zenawi also discussed the need to fast-track infrastructure projects connecting the two countries, especially road and rail links.

More than 20 people were killed in the Turkana area in northern Kenya last week by militias believed to be from the Merille tribe in Ethiopia.

The Kenyan government has already sent a protest letter to the Ethiopian government about the killings while security has been beefed up along the border



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