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Kenya diplomatic moves intensify

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Kenya diplomatic moves intensify

Post by shammy on Tue Jan 08, 2008 11:03 am

8th January,2008

The chairman of the African Union is due to arrive in Kenya as diplomatic moves to try to end the country's political crisis intensify.

John Kufuor, also Ghana's president, will try to help resolve divisions that erupted after the disputed victory of President Mwai Kibaki in elections.

Opposition head Raila Odinga has said he would only talk with President Kibaki if Mr Kufuor mediated.

Violent clashes since the 27 December election have left 600 people dead.

'Gentle giant'

The BBC's Will Ross in Ghana's capital, Accra, says that last week Mr Kufuor's proposed visit was blocked so that his arrival on Tuesday is at least a sign that there has been some progress.

Ghana's Minister of Information Oboshie Sai Cofie said Mr Kufuor's role would be more as a facilitator than a mediator - someone to bring the two sides together in a more congenial atmosphere.

Our correspondent says Mr Kufuor is not someone to bash heads together - he is known as the "gentle giant" and has helped negotiate during the conflicts in Ivory Coast and Liberia.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7176181.stm
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Re: Kenya diplomatic moves intensify

Post by shammy on Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:13 am

Don't give up hope of peaceful Kenya solution-Tutu

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 9 (Reuters) - The world should not give up hope of a peaceful solution to Kenya's crisis as the country's president and rival opposition leader are open to negotiations, Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu said on Wednesday.

"I don't think we should be too despondent," said Tutu, a former Archbishop of South Africa who shuttled between the rival camps of President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga on a mediation mission last week.

"The situation is like a kind of a rollercoaster. Sometimes you get to be on a high because it looks as if things are promising and then you plumb the depths because something has happened or somebody said something," he said.

Tutu said in his meetings with Kibabi and Odinga, both men had shown themselves to be open to talks.

"My impression was that they were genuinely open to the possibilities. When I met with the president, he wasn't too keen to speak about a government of national unity but didn't mind speaking about a coalition," Tutu said in a telephone interview from Cape Town.

Post-election turmoil in Kenya has killed about 500 people and left about a quarter of a million people displaced in the east African nation seen only months ago as a bright hope for democracy.

http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnL0948019.html
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