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Annan suspends talks to end Kenya crisis, says he will speak to leaders

Annan suspends talks to end Kenya crisis, says he will speak to leaders

Talks to end Kenya's deadly postelection crisis were suspended Tuesday after dragging on for weeks with no tangible progress, mediator Kofi Annan said.
Annan, who had delivered a sharp rebuke to both sides a day earlier, said he would now speak to President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga personally to try to reinvigorate talks. The two have been under international pressure to share power to move the country beyond their standoff over Dec. 27 presidential elections.
"I hope people will understand this is a move intended to speed up action," Annan said.
Odinga says the election was a sham; Kibaki says it made him the legitimate leader. International and local monitors say the results of the vote were manipulated, making it unclear who would have won.
Kenya was once a beacon of stability in a tumultuous region.
Postelection violence has largely subsided in recent weeks, but attacks that left more 1,000 dead and forced 600,000 from their homes have left the country on edge and worried about the potential for more turmoil.


Updated : 2021-08-03 05:54 GMT+08:00