Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is in Kenya, and will hold talks with both sides of the political divide, seeking a quick solution to the crisis that has left the country in chaos after the disputed December 27 elections.
Kofi Annan will hold talks with Kenya's feuding parties on
Wednesday in an effort to find a rapid solution to weeks of
resolving a bitter standoff between Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki
and opposition challenger Raila Odinga over a disputed poll that
plunged Kenya into chaos and ethnic bloodshed.
solution as quickly as possible," Annan told reporters after
landing in Nairobi late on Tuesday.
want to work with us," he said, flanked by fellow mediators
Benjamin Mkapa, the former president of Tanzania, and Graca
Machel, the wife of former South African leader Nelson Mandela.
and a brutal crackdown by the security forces have killed at
least 650 people over the past month.
fraudulent. His supporters have taken to the streets and mobs
mostly targeting Kibaki's Kikuyu tribe have hacked people to
death and burnt homes. There have also been reprisal killings.
mortuary then proceeding to a big football field near Nairobi's
Kibera slum on Wednesday for those who have died in the unrest.
gatherings of supporters from both sides but have said they will
allow the memorial gathering to go ahead.
despite pressure from Western powers like the United States,
Britain and the European Union.
and to seize this opportunity to end the suffering and
uncertainty," Annan said.
has tarnished the country's image, cost east Africa's biggest
economy more than $1 billion and choked fuel supplies and trade
to landlocked neighbours like Uganda.
head and Ghanaian President John Kufuor. He failed to get Kibaki
and Odinga to meet.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni also arrived on Tuesday to
join in the mediation efforts, though the opposition distrusts
him because he is one of few African leaders to have
congratulated Kibaki on his victory.
Date created : 2008-01-23