News 2008


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 said.

Political violence has killed at least 1,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of people since a disputed December 27 presidential election.

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 Associated Press.

"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.