Annan says Kenya political deal near

Feb. 15, 2008 at 8:43 PM
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NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Tensions over Kenya's disputed elections are too high to hammer out a settlement agreement immediately, the chief mediator said Friday.

The mediator, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, said even so a deal is near, Voice of America reported.

He said the Kenyan government and opposition negotiators have agreed on a four-page agreement on how to resolve the political crisis in Kenya. The accord calls for an independent investigation of the disputed election as well as a review of the violence that followed.

"This committee would be mandated to investigate all aspects of the 2007 presidential election and make findings and recommendations to improve the electoral process," Annan was quoted by VOA as saying.

Additionally, negotiators have agreed that a vote recount or holding a repeat election would be counterproductive.

"The parties further agreed that this settlement is not about sharing ministries but about addressing the root causes of recurrent conflict in this country," he said.

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