Kofi Gets Clobbered At Kenya's Peace Talks

Kofi Annan says a Coalition Government is in the works…
The Kenyan Government says Kofi’s declaration is dead wrong.

Children eat breakfast in a displaced people transit camp in Kisumu, Kenya, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. 600,000 people fled their homes because of violence sparked by a dispute over who won Kenya’s Dec. 27 presidential election according to a United Nations report. (AP Photo/Riccardo Gangale)

The Kenyan Government is outraged with peace broker Kofi Annan after he misrepresented the government’s position at the secret negotiations in Kenya.
The BBC reported:

The head of the Kenyan government team at crisis talks has expressed anger with mediator Kofi Annan over comments on resolving the election dispute.
Mr Annan hinted that both sides had agreed on a transitional government for two years, after which fresh presidential elections would be held.

But Justice Minister Martha Karua said this had never been discussed.

She said that Mr Annan, the former UN chief, had undermined the government’s position at the negotiations.

Some 1,000 people are thought to have died in the violence that followed the disputed polls results.

More than 600,000 people have been forced to flee their homes amid clashes between rival ethnic groups, seen as pro-government or pro-opposition.

When talks between government and opposition teams were moved away from the capital, Nairobi, on Tuesday to a secret location to avoid the glare of publicity, Mr Annan asked both sides not to discuss the contents of the talks with anyone else, calling for a complete news blackout.

His comments about a possible grand coalition were made during a special closed-door session with Kenyan MPs.

But details of his briefing have angered President Mwai Kibaki’s negotiating team.

Ms Karua said his statement about a transitional government had caused distress and great embarrassment to them as it had misrepresented their position.

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Kenya’s opposition leader Riaila Odinga attends the funeral of Kenyan MP David Kimutai Too on February 9. Kenya’s political rivals on Monday began a crucial week of negotiations led by Kofi Annan to clinch a political deal that could end a crisis sparked by President Mwai Kibaki’s re-election (AFP/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

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