Kenyan leaders agree to talk

Jan. 7, 2008 at 5:26 PM
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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Kenya's opposition Orange Democratic Movement Party has decided to use international mediation to resolve a post-election dispute in Nairobi.

The party canceled planned nationwide protests after the death toll from the ethnic and political unrest rose to 500.

A U.S. envoy sent to Africa said the vote counting was rigged and urged Kenyan leaders to quickly find a solution to the crisis and to implement political, social and electoral reforms.

The leader of the opposition party, Raila Odinga, called off the protests after with the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer in Nairobi.

Frazer has also met with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki to encourage a political reconciliation between the men.

Tuesday, the head of the African Union, Ghanian President John Kufour was scheduled to arrive in Nairobi to spearhead mediation between the two parties.

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