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Kenya: Politics and Government

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken to encourage other African countries not to intervene in the internal affairs of Kenya. (180777)

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department has taken at (a) bilateral, (b) Commonwealth, (c) EU and (d) United Nations levels to assist in restoring peace and stability in Kenya. (180778)

The Government are working tirelessly with all our international partners to support the African Union’s leadership in trying to find a way forward. We believe Kofi Annan’s mission is the best way to assist the parties to agree a solution, which will restore peace and stability to Kenya.

The Commonwealth Secretariat has undertaken a visit to Kenya since the elections to find out what more can be done to help. The EU presidency statement of 11 January set out the EU’s key concerns. The EU is a key element to the broad international support for the African Union’s lead and for Kofi Annan’s mission. The UN is focused on the humanitarian situation in Kenya and is working to ensure a swift and effective response to the humanitarian needs.