UN chief calls for end to violence in Kenya

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki and opposion leader Raila Odinga have the responsibility to do everything possible to resolve the post-election crisis that has thrown the East African country into a bloody turmoil, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated here Thursday.
Addressing the opening session of the 10th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), Ki-moon said the continuing violence in Kenya threatened to escalate to catastrophic levels.
Kibaki is among African leaders attending the Summit.
"More than 800 people have already lost their lives in the increasingly ethnic clashes triggered by the aftermath of the recent election,'' said the Secretary-General.
"The Panel of Eminent Persons led by my predecessor, Kofi Annan, is tirelessly working to help Kenyan parties resolve the issue that divided them and unleashed the ongoing violence and bloodshed.
"I fully support Kofi Annan's efforts; he deserves the support of us all," Ki-moon added, calling on African leaders to urge and encourage the leaders and people of Kenya to calm the violence and resolve their differences through dialogue and respect for the democratic process.

31 january 2008 10:15:00




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