The vice present of Somalia, Hussein Kulmiyah Afrah arrived in Nairobi on Thursday (14 July) for peace talks with President Jomo Kenyatta.
GV Somali aircraft taxies in at Nairobi airport
SV ZOOM IN TO Word "Nairobi" on terminal
SV Somali Vice President Hussein Kulmiyeh Afrah steps from aircraft, greeted by Kenyan Foreign Minister, Dr. Munyua Waiyaki and other officials (3 shots)
SV Vice President Afrah and Dr. Waiyaki walk across to terminal
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Background: The vice present of Somalia, Hussein Kulmiyah Afrah arrived in Nairobi on Thursday (14 July) for peace talks with President Jomo Kenyatta. He was met at the airport by Kenyan Foreign Minister, Dr.Munyua Waiyaki. Last month, Dr. Waiyaki alleged in a report to the Organisation for African Unity that on the 25 and 26 June, two separate groups of Somali troops, totalling 10,000 men, had crossed their border into north-eastern Kenya. Dr. Waiyaki claimed that Somalia intended to infiltrate a mixed force of 15,000 regulars and what he called bandits into that part of Kenya. Five Kenyan policemen and one soldier were said to have been killed in clashes with the Somalis.
SYNOPSIS: The Somali aircraft, arrives at Nairobi airport. Kenya says Somali had laid claim to its northern frontier district soon after Kenya became independent in 1963.
When Vice President Afrah alighted, Dr. Waiyaki was waiting to greet him. The northern borders of both Kenya and Somalia face southern Ethiopia, parts of which are largely populated by Somali speaking people and have been traditionally claimed as part of Greater Somalia. Insurgents of West Somalia Liberation Front are known to pass regularly through north-east Kenya on their way to stage guerrilla warfare in Somali-claimed areas of southern Ethiopia, where the Front says it has about 6,000 armed insurgents. The Front has been stepping up its activities throughout Southern Ethiopia as Soviet military aid has begun to strengthen the Ethiopian regime.
Observers believe the Somalis could be venturing into Kenya to use it as a back door into Southern Ethiopian provinces.