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Newsline: Kenyan UN ambassador pleas for peace in Ukraine crisis

Ambassador Martin Kimani, who represents Kenya on the United Nations Security Council, offered a powerful plea for peace on Tuesday after Russia announced it would recognize and deploy troops to breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine. “Kenya and almost every African country was birthed by the ending of empire. Our borders were not of our own drawing. They were drawn in the distant colonial metropoles of London, Paris, and Lisbon with no regard for the ancient nations that they cleaved apart,” Ambassador Kimani said. “Today, across the border of every single African country live our countrymen, with whom we share deep historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds. At independence, had we chosen to pursue states on the basis of ethnic, racial, or religious homogeneity, we would still be waging bloody wars these many decades later,” he said. “We chose to follow the rules of the Organization of African Unity and the United Nations Charter, not because our borders satisfied us, but because we wanted something greater, forged in peace. We must complete our recovery from the embers of dead empires in a way that does not plunge us back into new forms of domination and oppression,” Ambassador Kimani said.

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