Somali PM appeals for help in repatriation policy
Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed has called upon the regional countries to help in the realization of the repatriation of Somali refugees.
Speaking in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa today during United Nations high commission for refugees’ conference, the Somali PM has appreciated regional countries that host Somali refugees after the break out of the civil war in Somalia in 1991 while calling upon their leaders to help his government implement refugees’ repatriation policy.
Regional countries that host Somali refugees such as Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti as well as Yemen have attended the meeting that was meant to discuss the plight of refugees in the camps.
A similar meeting that was scheduled in Kenyan capital Nairobi before the Addis Ababa conference was cancelled after the federal government of Somalia declined to attend through official letter sent to the Kenyan foreign ministry.
After months of fitful negotiations, the governments of Kenya and Somalia, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have signed a Tripartite Agreement on November 2013 outlining procedures and legalities for the voluntary repatriation of thousands of Somali refugees who have been living in Kenya for more than two decades.
The agreement which brought together the government of Kenya, government of the Federal republic of Somalia and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will see willing Somali refugees currently in Kenya move back to Somali.