EU aid commissioner Louis Michel has arrived in Kenya in the latest diplomatic efforts to try to defuse the crisis there. He held a series of meetings with key politicians including opposition leader Raila Odinga:“We had a very nice discussion about the political situation in the country, the crisis that we are having. We told him our point of view and will see a solution, and of course he expressed his concern as a friend of Kenya.”
Michel also met with deputy president Kalonzo Musyoko, appealing to the government to reach a deal with the opposition. One of Africa’s most stable and prosperous nations, Kenya has been plunged into violence by a December 27 presidential ballot, which the opposition says was rigged.
More than 700 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands have been displaced. Luke-warm diplomatic efforts have so far been fruitless – former UN chief Kofi Annan is expected in Nairobi on Tuesday.