Kenya talks head to secret site
12. Feb. 2008
NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) -- Negotiators trying to resolve a political
crisis in Kenya plan to move to an undisclosed location and make
no public statements for the next few days, a senior aide to
former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan told CNN on Monday.
Teams representing President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader
Raila Odinga plan to move their discussions from a hotel in
Nairobi to confer in private at a secret location, the aide said.
The goal is to meet far from the media spotlight in hopes of
reaching an agreement, the aide said. The negotiating teams plan
to make no public statements for the next 48 to 72 hours, the aide
Political violence has killed at least 1,000 people and displaced
hundreds of thousands of people since a disputed December 27
Kibaki claims to have won re-election, and took the oath of office
shortly after the vote, but independent monitors found widespread
problems in the election.
Violence that followed the election has taken on ethnic overtones,
with members of each candidate's ethnic group attacking the other.
U.N. humanitarian chief John Holmes said up to 600,000 people have
been displaced in the violence, according to a report from The
"There are something like 300,000 people displaced in camps ...
(and) beyond those 300,000 there are probably just as many who are
not in camps who have gone back to their homelands ... or are
sheltering with friends and neighbors somewhere else," Holmes said
in the AP report.