Kenyan politicians discuss
power-sharing to end postelection violence
By KATHARINE HOURELD
Associated Press Writer
13. Feb. 2008
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Kenya's rival parties sequestered themselves
at a luxury lodge in a game park normally packed with tourists
Wednesday as they attempted to hammer out a peace deal to end
weeks of bloodshed.
A news blackout on the peace talks appeared to be holding; both
parties declined to comment on the discussions. Top negotiators
said Tuesday that the opposition was proposing sharing power with
the government for two years, then holding new elections.
Progress at the talks has given hope to many Kenyans, who have
seen more than 1,000 people die and some 600,000 flee their homes
in the violence that has followed a flawed Dec. 27 election. Much
of the violence has pitted ethnic groups linked to particular
politicians against each another.
Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, who is mediating, declared a news
blackout Tuesday and moved the talks to a secret location outside
Nairobi, his office said.
A government official said the two sides were meeting at safari
lodge in the Tsavo West National Park in southern Kenya -- making
it likely the only such lodge in the country without rooms
available. Tourists have canceled reservations in droves in the
wake of the violence.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because officials
have been asked not to speak to the press.
Before heading leaving Nairobi on Tuesday, both sides had offered
a glimpse of what is on the table.
The opposition's proposal includes "forming a broad-based
government that lasts for two years," said William Ruto, an
opposition lawmaker. "We are going to agree on how are we going to
work together in governance."