RANNEBERGER: We have an effective partnership with Kenya in the war on terror. We appreciate what Kenya does. Kenya is fighting it because it’s been hit on several occasions. We do cooperate, share information and the Kenyan Government has helped to stop attacks and to apprehend terrorists. We commend Kenya.
NATION: How is the anti-terrorism campaign in neighbouring Somalia going?
RANNEBERGER: Our policy in Somalia is to try and promote a democratic transition in 2009. That is what called for the Transitional Federal Government charter. In order to achieve that, we are helping to promote reconciliation among all Somalis and we are at the same time doing everything we can to combat terrorism in Somalia and to prevent terrorists from making Somalia a safe haven.
Both roles are complimentary and necessary. What’s going on in Somalia is a difficult situation but progress is being made. It’s been too slow but it’s being made. We appreciate the role that Kenya has played and continues to play on regional issues. http://www.nationmedia.com/dailynation/nmgcontententry.asp?premiumid=0&category_id=2&newsid=126606