Posted by: APO | 5 January 2008

USA / KENYA

Daily Press Briefing
Sean McCormack, Spokesman
Washington, DC
January 4, 2008

INDEX:


KENYA

 

Assistant Secretary Frazer’s Travel to Nairobi / Meeting Schedule and Agenda

 

Contacts with the International Community

 

TRANSCRIPT:

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12:33 p.m. EST

MR. MCCORMACK: Good afternoon, everybody. I don’t have anything to start off with so we can get right to your questions.

QUESTION: Has Assistant Secretary Frazer arrived in Nairobi yet?

MR. MCCORMACK: As a matter of fact, I just checked on that, Matt, and yes she has.

QUESTION: The plane was delayed?

MR. MCCORMACK: It was about 15 minutes ago. I haven’t spoken to her but I know she was scheduled to —

QUESTION: How many meetings does she have then?

MR. MCCORMACK: I — no, she’s not quite that efficient, though, she does have a list of meetings that she has both requested as well as on the schedule. She’s meeting with Mr. Odinga. We have requested a meeting with President Kibaki. I see no reason why that won’t happen. As well as a schedule of other meetings, I don’t have that for you right now. But if we’re able to outline those for you then we’ll be happy to get it to you.

QUESTION: Okay. So it’s about — I don’t know, about 9 o’clock or so there. Is she doing anything today or is it —

MR. MCCORMACK: No. I don’t think — I’m sure she’ll consult with Ambassador Ranneberger, but beyond that I expect she’s probably going to get a good night’s sleep and then start up in the morning.

QUESTION: And do you know when her meeting with Odinga is?

MR. MCCORMACK: I don’t. I don’t have the schedule for it.

QUESTION: Has Secretary Rice made any further phone calls to the Kenyan leaders?

MR. MCCORMACK: No.

QUESTION: No?

MR. MCCORMACK: No.

QUESTION: Does Jendayi plan on meeting with Desmond Tutu at all? He’s been able to (inaudible) both sides.

MR. MCCORMACK: No, no, I don’t think it’s on the list. These are separate efforts. But I’m sure if there’s a request or if she feels as though it’s in our interest or the interest of the effort to meet with him, I’m sure she will.

QUESTION: What about any cooperation with John Kufuor and his efforts to broker a deal with both sides?

MR. MCCORMACK: Well, we have been in touch with the AU as well as with some of Kenya’s neighbors via our embassies to urge them to have these two political leaders come together and find a political solution. We have talked to John Kufuor — President Kufuor. He is — I’ll let him speak for himself, but I think — what I’ve seen in public comments from him is he is ready to assist, but he would want an invitation from the Kenyans before he did anything.

QUESTION: So her effort will work hand in hand with his, is that your expectation?

MR. MCCORMACK: Well, I expect that they’re on separate tracks, but they’re complementary. I guess that’s probably the best way to put it.

Lambros, happy new year to you.


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