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President Kibaki Addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly

In his farewell address as Head of State, H. E the President Hon. Mwai Kibaki addressed Heads of State and Government during the 67th United Nations General Assembly 2012 in New York where he affirmed his support for the theme of the 67th General Assembly, “The Settlement of International Disputes or Situations by Peaceful Means.” He noted that this theme spoke to Kenya’s achievements over the previous ten years which had been built on the bedrock of peaceful resolution of disputes. It is towards this end that Kenya’s own wellbeing and prosperity is hinged on sustained peace, security, stability and inclusive democracy in our region, said the President.

The President reiterated his support of the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the International Conference on the Great Lakes and the East African Community for their efforts and initiatives for peaceful and inclusive settlement of disputes and situations. President Kibaki informed the meeting that Somalia is now able to enjoy peace through efforts by Kenya together with the African Union Mission in Somalia and the Transitional Federal Government forces. Kenya hosts Over 650,000 Somali refugees and following the progressive liberation is working with the relevant United Nations agencies to facilitate repatriation of Somali refugees so that they can participate in re-building their country.

President Kibaki praised the efforts of the international community, on their support and facilitation of negotiations between Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan, and encouraged the two countries to continue working towards reaching a compromise to fast-track social and economic development for the benefit of citizens of these two countries especially the newer Republic of South Sudan.

The President praised the great efforts of multi-lateral diplomacy in achieving the Rio+20 Conference outcome document, “the future we want,” and specifically lauded its recommendations including the decisions to strengthen the institutional framework for sustainable development, including the upgrading of United Nations Environment Programme to enable it to effectively discharge its mandate.

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