News 2008


Annan calls for media blackout during talks


February 11, 2008

Former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called on Kenya's negotiating team to move their talks outside the capital, Nairobi, with the goal of reaching an agreement on the outstanding political issues in the next 48 to 72 hours.

Annan has called for a complete news blackout during this time.

This follows widespread speculation over the form of the political settlement between the rival parties.

Annan has been leading the mediation talks on the country's political crisis following the disputed elections in December. He is due to brief members of parliament on progress regarding the talks tomorrow.

Analysts say the two rivals could reach an agreement that could see Mwai Kibaki maintained as President and opposition leader Raila Odinga as Prime Minister.