Despite the progress made towards resolving conflict in the region, stability in Somalia remains elusive, he noted. President Kibaki was addressing the third Ordinary Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, in Lusaka, Zambia."I take this opportunity to appeal to us all, and indeed to the international community, to assume greater responsibility in Somalia in order to ensure the emergence of a stable and democratic country," he said.
Somalia has remained lawless following unresolved conflicts between Islamist extremists who want to overthrow the Federal Transitional Government of President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is on a tour of the continent, also raised concern on absence of peace in Somalia during her visit to Kenya last week.
Mrs Clinton, who held talks with President Ahmed, however warned that the United States would take action against Eritrea, which she accused of supporting al-Shabaab militias. Eritrea has denied the claims.President Kibaki urged the regional leaders to be sincere in implementing local solutions to conflicts. The President is the outgoing chairman of the summit. He handed over the post to host President Rupiah Banda.The Head of State said the summit had met to review the progress made since the regional leaders signed the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in Nairobi in 2006.Meanwhile, President Kibaki starts a week-long tour of the Coast on Wednesday. The President will officially open the Mombasa International Show on Thursday and preside over the closing of the National Schools and Colleges Music Festival.
He will also re-launch the Hola Irrigation Scheme in Tana River, which collapsed about 10 years ago when the river changed course. He is also expected to commission the Sh3 billion Miritini-Maji ya Chumvi road.