Kenya has laid down seven tough conditions for peace and normal relations with Uganda, which has threatened to go to war because of what it alleges is a Kenyan blockade of Uganda.
MV PAN: Kenyan parliament building
CU: Dr. Waiyaki (Kenyan Foreign Minister) speaking in English
MV: diplomats listening to speech
MV: Waiyaki seated
WAIYAKI:"Uganda has engaged herself in acts of aggression against us by unleasing a hate campaign against the State and the person of the Head of State. They have, contrary to the OAU (Organisation of African Unity) and UN (United Nations) Charters, threatened to use force against us. She has placed her troops on the alert and issued them with instructions to attack Kenya without referring to the High Command. They have cut the supply of electricity, contrary to an international agreement signed between us Kenyans and Ugandans have lived in peace as brothers and sisters for many years. We went to continue to live in peace. If Uganda wishes to live in peace and normalise relations with us as the professes, then she must do the following:-
One. She must stop all acts of belligerence against Kenya by removing all her troops from near out borders.
Secondly, she must stop laying claims on any part of the Kenyan territory.
Thirdly, she must stop the killing of innocent Kenyans legally residing in Uganda. She must in accordance with international law and practice guarantee their safety and security against illegal arrest, torture and confiscation of their property.
Fourthly, she must stop the use of threat of force against the sovereign State of Kenya.
Fifthly, she must stop the hate and smear campaign against use which is aimed giving us a bad name internationally. We have stated before and we reiterate against that we have never held andy Palestinian prisoners in Kenya and all impartial observers are free to come and verify it for themselves. We did not, directly or indirectly, take part in the Israeli operations at Entebbe on 3rd/4th July, 1976. Our action to allow the Israelis to land at Nairobi after the operation was purely n humanitarian grounds.
Sixthly, Uganda must pay for goods and services she has received or wishes to receive form Kenya.
And lastly, she must not hold hostages the neighbouring States of Burundi Rwanda, Sudan and Zaire by confiscating goods destined to these countries.
There were reports on Wednesday (28 July) that Uganda and Kenya were willing to have an OAU mediator, Secretary-General William Eteki Mboumoua, attempted to settle the dispute. Mr. Eteki is expected to visit the tow countries soon.
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Background: Kenya has laid down seven tough conditions for peace and normal relations with Uganda, which has threatened to go to war because of what it alleges is a Kenyan blockade of Uganda. The conditions were announced at a specially summoned meeting of heads of diplomatic missions in Nairobi on Tuesday (27 July).
SYNOPSIS: The diplomates were addressed by the Kenyan Foreign Minister, Munyua Waiyaki.
Relations have been particularly strained between the two countries since the Israeli raid on Entebbe.