Somalia's New Prime Minister Arrives in Kenya

Published November 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Somali Prime Minister Ali Khalif Galaydh arrived in Kenya on Sunday with a letter for President Daniel arap Moi from strife-torn Somalia's first head of state in almost a decade. 

"I am here to convey a message from Somali President Abdulkassim Salat Hassan to the Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi," Galaydh told an AFP reporter at Nairobi's Wilson airport, where he landed with a government delegation. 

He did not disclose the contents of the Salat's letter to Moi. 

The trip was Galaydh's first abroad since Salat appointed him premier last month to head an interim government in Somalia, which has lacked central authority since the late dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was toppled in 1991. 

"I would like also to meet the United Nations agencies based here, foreign diplomats, and non-governmental agencies assisting the Somali people," Galydh said. 

He was accompanied by regional development, planning, transport and finance ministers. 

Galaydh deplored the recent killings of member of parliament Hassan Ahmed Elmi and a former general loyal to the new government, Yousuf Talan, by unidentified gunmen in the Somali capital Mogadishu. 

"Those responsible for the killing will face the law. Maybe they can go out of Somalia, but they can not escape justice sooner or later," he said. 

He said his government was in the process of reestablishing a police force and had already deployed officers to eight of Mogadishu's 15 districts, a claim disputed by the capital's warlords opposed to the fledgling government. 

Galaydh said he supported a voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees in Kenya. 

"I would like to thank the government and the people of Kenya who assisted the Somalis during the years of unrest," said Galaydh. 

He is expected to travel to Uganda on Tuesday, his aides said -- NAIROBI (AFP)  

 

 

 

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