Cana­dian min­is­ter hails Kenya’s role in peace­keep­ing

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Cana­dian For­eign Min­is­ter Stephan Dion has praised Kenya for its role in peace­keep­ing mis­sions in the world.

He urged Kenya to con­tinue sup­port­ing peace ini­tia­tives. Dion said UN peace­keep­ing mis­sions have con­trib­uted to global peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity. He spoke on Wed­nes­day, when he paid a cour­tesy call on Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta at State House, Nairobi.

“We’re se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing peace­keep­ing mis­sions in coun­tries fac­ing in­sta­bil­ity. I’m sure we will work closely with you,” Dion said.

Uhuru af­firmed Kenya’s com­mit­ment but said it was nec­es­sary to re­struc­ture the UN peace­keep­ing mis­sion in South Su­dan. The UN sacked the Kenyan force com­man­der for fail­ing to re­spond to an at­tack on aid work­ers.

Uhuru said Kenya was not con­sulted and will not b a scape­goat for the mis­sion’s struc­tural fail­ures. Kenya is with­draw­ing its troops from South Su­dan in re­sponse.

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