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Uganda: Kenya

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether his Department urged the Government of Uganda not to interfere in the democratic processes of Kenya; and if he will make a statement. (180965)

The Government are deeply concerned about the post-election crisis in Kenya. We support the African Union initiative to facilitate talks between the political parties and Kofi Annan's mission. We have been in touch with regional, and other African leaders, including the Ugandan Government, to underline our support for this African-led process aimed at restoring peace, stability and prosperity to Kenya.

We are aware that President Museveni, in his capacity as Head of the East African Community, plans to visit Kenya. We understand that this visit would support the visit of the Eminent Persons Panel, led by Kofi Annan, which is due to arrive in Kenya on 22 January to facilitate talks between the parties.