A high-ranking Somali delegation headed by Vice-President Hussein Kulmie Afrah has been visiting Kenya, in efforts to restore harmony between the two countries following a border incident last month in which six Kenyan policemen and seven Somalis are said to have been killed.
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SV INT News conference in progress with Somali government spokesman, Hussein Mohamed Bullaleh speaking
BULLALEH: "First to maintain peace and order in the frontiers between the two countries and to work in the spirit of Arusha Memorandum, which was concluded between the two states in 1967. Both Governments have regretted the loss of lives at the Rhamu incident, which Somalia repeatedly stated that it was not in any way involved. Second point; to establish Somali-Kenyan Border Commission whose terms of reference would be inter-alia to normalise and restore the tranquillity and peace between the two brotherly communities living in the area. The fraternal attitudes and approaches will undoubtedly obliterate the bitterness and suspicion which the unfortunate Rhamu incident has created and will further infuse and draw the relationship of out two respective communities closer and closer together. This is a noble objective, which my Government and the Government of the Republic of Kenya are both determined to accomplish. The other major point agreed on in the friendly talks which took place yesterday was in order to hasten the bilateral co-operation between the two sisterly States, it was also unanimously agreed to intensify constant consultations which will promote the Somali-Kenyan co-operation in the fields of commerce, culture, communications and the exchange of visits.
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Background: A high-ranking Somali delegation headed by Vice-President Hussein Kulmie Afrah has been visiting Kenya, in efforts to restore harmony between the two countries following a border incident last month in which six Kenyan policemen and seven Somalis are said to have been killed. Somalia has consistently denied involvement in the attack, which it suggests may have resulted from fighting between Somali-speaking insurgents and Ethiopian Government forces close to the border with Kenya.
SYNOPSIS: After the delegations's visit Somali Government spokesman Hussein Mohamed Bullaleh gave details on talks with Kenyan Vice-President Daniel Arap Moi.