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article imageAnnan Ends Kenyan Mediation

By Bob Ewing     Feb 26, 2008 in World
Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan said that he is suspending the negotiations in Kenya as very little progress is being made, he will talk with the Kenyan president and the opposition leader.
Kofi Annan has said that he is suspending the talks between Kenya’s government and the opposition. Annan, former United Nations secretary general says that the negotiations have show little progress.
The CBC report says that Annan will speak to President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga personally to try to convince them to share power.
"We were not making progress. We were discussing issues that the parties seemed incapable of resolving, and we were turning around in circles," Annan said.
Annan has said that the suspension of talks is meant to "speed up action".
Just a few days ago the officials who were taking part in the negotiations said a deal appeared close and that the two sides "largely agreed" on a new government structure; Annan, himself, said he was "beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel."
"I want to emphasize that the future of our relationship with both sides and their legitimacy hinges on their co-operation to achieve this political solution,” U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in a statement.
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