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Kenya: Foreign Relations

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aims and objectives he has set for UK foreign policy in respect of Kenya. (309147)

UK foreign policy aims to encourage and support implementation of the National Accord agreed by the Kenyan Government following the 2007-08 post-election violence, to address issues that threaten the country’s stability and prosperity. These include promoting a better constitution that reduces the “winner takes all” incentives for violence, making electoral cheating harder, and deterring political violence through reducing impunity. We will continue to support Kenyan leadership in tackling the root causes of violence, including economic inequality, tribal tension, lack of security sector reform and accountability. We will also work to combat corruption in Kenya, which is endemic with little political will to change. This is the same culture that embeds impunity, as seen in Kenya’s failure to prosecute those who perpetrated the post-election violence.

The Government work closely with the EU and other partners such as Kofi Annan to co-ordinate support and engagement against these objectives . My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary attended the EU General Affairs Council Meeting in Brussels last July where Council Conclusions on Kenya were agreed. The conclusions highlighted the need for faster implementation of key reforms vital to the interests of the Kenyan people. My noble Friend, Baroness Kinnock, the Minister for Africa, plans to visit Kenya next week, and will reinforce these messages.