Uganda and Kenya have ended a month long battle of words which at times threatened to turn into a shooting war.
Uganda and Kenya have ended a month long battle of words which at times threatened to turn into a shooting war. In a joint communique signed in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday night (6 August) the two countries agreed to restore normal relations, marred by repeated threats of war from Uganda's President Idi Amin over what he claimed was Kenyan involvement in last month's Israeli raid on Entebbe airport. Kenya has denied the charge.
SYNOPSIS: The Kenyan and Ugandan delegates had held their talks in the Kenyatta Conference centre in the Kenyan capital to discuss the recent poor relations between the two countries. The Ugandan delegation was led by the Minister for Industry and Power Colonel Dusman Sabuni.
The Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), Mr. William Eteki was at the talks as an observer. Friday's session of talks was the last in three days of negotiations between the two countries, aimed at restoring normal relations.
Colonel Sabuni's Kenyan counterpart at the talks was the Foreign Minister, Dr. Munyua Waiyaki. Their talks resulted in a communique containing four main points -- threats of the use of force should cease forthwith---- the state of belligerence should cease -- -- any troops stationed at their common border should be withdrawn and both countries should refrain from broadcasting and publishing hostile propaganda.
Both sides agreed on a memorandum of understanding stipulating each country's obligations and duties under international law -- in particular compensation for loss of life and property.
The communique which was signed by Colonel Sebuni and Dr. Waiyaki said Kenya and Uganda agreed there would be a free flow of traffic between the two countries and that debts should be paid. A joint committee would be set up to examine the debt question. Kenya says it is owed 400 million shillings (27 million pounds sterling) by Uganda.
Mr. Eteki then went to Kampala where President Amin was to sign the memorandum, after which he was due to return it for President Jomo Kenyatta to sign.