African Union Can't Resolve Kenya Crisis

Delegation led by Kofi Annan will take next crack
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2008 4:48 PM CST
African Union Can't Resolve Kenya Crisis
Displaced Kenyans run after the motorcade of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, as he arrives to visit a makeshift camp for the displaced in the town of Burnt Forest, Kenya, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008. Kibaki, addressing countrymen who fled blazing homes and mobs wielding machetes and arrows, rejected demands...   (Associated Press)

An attempt to broker an end to the Kenyan crisis failed today when an African Union mission couldn't get opposing sides to agree on how to end the violence, Reuters reports. AU head John Kufuor pressed opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki to settle; after talks disintegrated into finger-pointing, the rivals agreed to work with a panel headed by former UN chief Kofi Annan.

Odinga's Orange Democratic Movement showed the diplomats a document drafted by both parties, working with international mediators, agreeing to a reevaluation of election polls. The ODM accused Kibaki of refusing to sign it; Kibaki denies being invited to the negotiating table in the first place. Meanwhile, police in Nairobi broke up a 70-strong all-female group of protesters with tear gas. (More Kenya stories.)

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