Posted by: APO | 11 January 2008

Kenya / Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General


Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General


On the situation in Kenya



In the face of the deeply troubling situation in Kenya, the

Secretary-General calls once again on the political leadership of Kenya

to find – urgently – an acceptable solution through dialogue so that the

political crisis is resolved and the country returns to its peaceful and

democratic path. The Secretary-General wishes to express his continued

support for the various efforts being made by regional and international

actors to help the Kenyans arrive at a lasting solution.


Two weeks have now passed since violence erupted in Kenya

following disputed national elections, the conduct of which prompted

serious concerns on the part of national and international observers.

Today, the death toll stands at an appallingly high figure of more than

500 people, while more than 250,000 Kenyans have been forced to flee

their homes. Many of them are living in fear. That much of the

violence appears to have been directed at specific communities is all

the more worrisome. The killings must stop, alleged human rights

violations should be investigated and those found responsible for crimes

should be held accountable for their actions. The potential for further

bloodshed remains high unless the political crisis is quickly resolved.





New York, 11 January 2008


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