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EU envoy in Kenya for talks with rival parties

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EU envoy in Kenya for talks with rival parties


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.

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