Posted by: APO | 8 January 2008

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union concerning Presidential elections in Kenya


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COUNCIL OF

THE EUROPEAN UNION

Brussels, 8 January 2008

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Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union concerning Presidential elections in Kenya

 

The EU condemns the recent acts of violence in Kenya. The EU urges political leaders of

all sides to exercise maximum restraint and refrain from any action or comment which

could provoke further violence. The people of Kenya exercised their right to vote in the

elections on 27 December in a dignified way. They can now expect that their human rights

are respected as the election results are disputed.

The EU calls on Kenya’s leaders to address the concerns about the integrity of the election

process raised by EU observers, as well as by Kenyan civil society organisations and by

other international observers. The EU expects all parties to resort to dialogue and do their

utmost to reach a political solution. The EU stands ready to support the outcome.

The EU welcomes the readiness of the African Union to support Kenya in finding a way

out of the present crisis. The Kenyan authorities should take advantage of these good

offices. The EU also supports other efforts from Africa to the same end.

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In the meantime, EU member states and the European Commission, individually and

collectively, will respond to the humanitarian needs of Kenyans displaced from their

homes by the recent acts of violence.


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