Annan ‘deal’ misunderstood
Feb 13, 2008
NAIROBI - The chief mediator in Kenya’s political crisis Kofi
Annan said today his call for a "grand coalition" had been
misunderstood by the government as a final deal.
Government negotiator Martha Karua had accused the former United
Nations (UN) chief of suggesting that an agreement had been
reached in mediation talks on forming a two-year coalition
government before a presidential poll could be held.
"Unfortunately, it appears that one of the parties may have
misunderstood remarks made during the question and answer period
in reference to the possible ’grand coalition,’" said a statement
from the United Nations.
"The chairman’s statement that a ’grand coalition’ is a
possibility to manage the reform process within a two-year period
represents his perspective on the discussions and does not imply a
formal agreement between the two parties."
Annan briefed lawmakers yesterday on progress in the talks that
kicked off last month to seek an end to one of Kenya’s worst
crises and in which more than 1,000 people have been killed and
hundreds of thousands displaced.
Karua, also the justice minister, said a coalition with the
opposition had not been discussed or agreed upon.
However, Annan said the issue "was discussed this morning with the
parties and was clarified."
Kenya descended into violence sparked by the re-election of
President Mwai Kibaki in December elections which the opposition
claims he rigged.