KENYA DENIES IT’S TRAFFICKING WEAPONS, AMMO TO NEIGHBOURING SOUTH SUDAN

Kenya has refuted allegations that it has been trafficking large quantities of weapons and ammunition into neighouring conflict-ridden South Sudan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade said in a statement here Monday that the government is dismayed by recent comments published in the international media and attributed to Adama Dieng, the United Nations Special Adviser for Prevention of Genocide, alleging Kenya's role in the prolonging of the conflict in South Sudan.

The allegations by the senior UN official insinuating Kenya's complicity in trafficking large quantities of weapons and ammunition into South Sudan are not only unfortunate and misguiding, but lack facts and came at a time when all IGAD Member States have embarked on rigorous process of revitalisation of the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) signed in August 2015, the statement said, referring to the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD), an eight-nation Horn of Africa grouping which has spearheadiing efforts to end the conflict in South Sudan. Kenya is a member of IGAD.

The statement said the situation in South Sudan remains extremely complex and such unhelpful statements must be avoided at this critical time in pursuit of a credible and all-inclusive peace process".

"Kenya and neighbouring countries who are the sponsors of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) have had their patience tested to the limit but have continued to soldier on without showing any sign of fatigue.

Kenya insists that it remains committed to peaceful resolution of the South Sudan conflict and will continue to play its rightful mediation role bilaterally and within the framework of IGAD. Kenya, as a guarantor of the Peace Agreement (ARCSS) and a member of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), continues to encourage and support the South Sudanese signatory parties to implement the peace agreement in good faith.

Source: NAM News Network

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