Kenyan and Ugandan delegates have been meeting in Nairobi to try and find solutions to the tension which has brought the two close to war in recent weeks.
Kenyan and Ugandan delegates have been meeting in Nairobi to try and find solutions to the tension which has brought the two close to war in recent weeks. And informed sources quoted by Reuters news agency on Friday day some agreement may have been reached.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was held at the Kenyatta conference centre on Thursday and at the heart of discussions were the seven conditions which Kenya laid down for a peaceful settlement. Its delegation was led by Foreign Minister, Dr. Munyua Waiyaki.
Kenya had demanded the removal of Ugandan troops from the border between the two countries, payment of all money owed by Uganda, an end to Ugandan territorial claims on Kenya, to the killing of Kenyans in Uganda, and to the threats of war and anti-Kenyan propaganda. They also want a free passage through Uganda for goods destined for other countries. The Secretary-General of the Organisation for African Unity, Mr. William Eteki Mboumoua, attended the talks as an observer. He has been extensively involved in the negotiations.
Relations deteriorated following the Israeli raid on Entebbe airport last month. But now, it appears they have reached agreement to end the bitter quarrels. The Reuters sources say a formal communique would be issued soon, but they could give no further details. The 15-man Ugandan delegation was led by Colonel Dusman Sabuni, the Minister of Industry and Power.
President Amin of Uganda has several times threatened Kenya with war for the alleged blockade of his land-locked country, leaving it without fuel. He also alleged that Kenya was involved in the Entebbe raid. Kenya has denied both charges and has told Uganda it must pay debts of about 54 million U.S. dollars. Uganda has denied it owes the money.