Thursday September 19, 2019
(Hiiraan Online)Djibouti has upped its voice against Kenya’s bid for a
seat in the UN Security Council noting the East African nation cannot represent
the interests of the region and the continent given its disputes with Somalia.
Speaking during a meeting with foreign ambassadors in
his country, Djibouti’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamud Ali Yusuf said Kenya
could not be entrusted with the seat as ‘it is already involved in acts that
deteriorate the stability of Somalia’.
“We think Kenya is a threat to Somalia, Kenya could
use its UNSC membership to exert pressure on Somalia over a maritime border
dispute and that could escalate the situation,” Yusuf said.
The minister stated that Djibouti is concerned Kenya
could use its position in the Security to further undermine Somalia.
“I hope such a
country with that extent of threat cannot be entrusted with affairs of the
region as well as that of the continent because if the dispute escalates, it
can affect both countries and the region,” the minister warned.
Djibouti which lost to Kenya in the AU vote for the
continent’s choice in the Council has stood ground arguing it will push on with
its bid to clinch the seat.
The Omar Guelleh-led administration took an about turn
last month from the AU State Parties communique to accept Kenya to ‘to act in
its name and on its behalf.’ The country’s UN Permanent Representative to
Mohamed Siad Doualeh contracted his colleagues in Addis when he tweeted immediately
after the AU vote that Djibouti would not pull out of the race.
“Djibouti reaffirms its decision to continue its bid
to secure a seat at the Security Council for the period 2021-2022. We thank all
UN member states that have formally expressed to support Djibouti,” Doualeh
Relations between Kenya and Somalia have deteriorated
in the last seven months as both countries await the verdict of the
International Court of Justice later in the year.
Elections for the 2020-21 UN Security Council round will
be held in June next year.