Kenya ready to face Djibouti in crucial Security Council vote in maritime dispute with Somalia

DJIBOUTI – The impending battle for a seat on the United Nations Security Council concerns African values, Kenya warned, adding that it was not interested in bid-centric campaigns.

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Djibouti has established itself as one of the toughest opponents in Nairobi for the African split, despite the fact that the African Union has settled for Kenya as the sole continental representative for the June elections in New York.

In Addis Ababa in August 2019, 37 African countries voted in favor of Kenya as the African representative to the 13 of Djibouti, but the country of the Horn of Africa would later organize a global campaign, which now threatens interests of Kenya in the mighty council.

Ismael Omar Guelleh, the Djiboutian president, defended the decision to join the race, arguing that the vote in Addis Ababa did not “follow the procedure”, adding that the exercise was “deeply flawed”. This has now sparked one of the most ferocious and robust campaigns between the two nations.

Addressing journalists in Nairobi on Wednesday, Kenya’s foreign secretary Kamau Macharia said Djibouti was also free to campaign for the siege, adding that members would make a decision next month when they meet. would meet in the United States.

“We are all in the race so let them run because they have exercised their rights. It is a fair competition, “he said, adding that the country is ready to face Djibouti in the race to replace South Africa at the UNSC.

He said that Kenya no longer considers the question of the candidacy but the values ​​and principles it has chosen to respect. According to him, Kenya wants to wage a worthy campaign rather than make calls.

“As a country, we have remained sober, choosing to wage a worthy campaign that defends African values ​​and that focuses on the contribution it intends to make to creating a just and peaceful world,” said the sent, digging holes in the dishonorable campaigns of Djibouti.

In recent weeks, Djibouti has described Nairobi as toxic, citing the maritime dispute with Somalia as one of the “weaknesses” in Kenya’s quest for the UN. The case between Kenya and Somalia has been at the International Court of Justice for over four years now.

On Tuesday, the Hague tribunal postponed the Indian Ocean maritime dispute to March next year at the request of Kenya for the third time. Somalia is already supporting Djibouti for the council seat because of its strained relations with Kenya.

The administration of President Uhuru Kenyatta has bet on his program in 10 points in his campaign – building bridges, peacekeeping and no support operations, regional peace and security, fight against terrorism and prevention of extremism and peace and women’s security.

Others are youth empowerment, humanitarian action, justice, human rights and democracy, the environment and climate change and the agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals. Kenya is one of the contributing countries of AMISOM.

Whatever the results of the polls, Macharia noted, Kenya will continue to play an integral role in the processes of integration and peacebuilding around the world. The UN has already recommended a physical vote.

“There are many other areas on the regional and international platforms in which Kenya is actively involved and will continue to do so even after the elections. The United Nations Security Council is only a fraction of that, ”said Macharia, who has already been sent from Kenya to the United Nations.

Djibouti has already obtained the support of the Arab League of Nations which includes 22 countries in addition to the safeguard of the French-speaking nations of Africa. But Kenya has reduced the campaigns to huge voting blocks, including the European Union.

The two countries are eager to succeed in projecting themselves as regional economic and security powers, despite the fact that Djibouti hosts the United States, China and the French army. Kenya has been strategic for the West for decades.

Professor Macharia Monene, professor at USIU-Africa, told the Star that Nairobi has a better chance because of its commitment to the fight against violent extremism in addition to welcoming thousands of refugees, mainly from Somalia and Sudan from South.

“Kenya has entered the international category with its tremendous support for humanitarian work. We welcome around 500,000 refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, most of them from South Sudan and Somalia, “he noted.

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