Miliband statement on Kenya

Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, said on 10 January 2008:

'I understand that President Kufuor, the Chair of the African Union, has appointed former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Graca Machel and former President Mkapa to carry forward Africa's efforts to resolve the Kenya crisis. The United Kingdom offers its full support to these efforts.

'The principles of our approach remain:

- to secure a rapid end to the violence: hundreds have already been tragically killed. Kenya's leaders must live up to their responsibilities, end this violence, and work for the security and safety of the people of Kenya;

- to ensure that all allegations of election irregularity are followed through the proper democratic and legal channels - this is as important for Africa's democratic development as it is for Kenya's own democratic future;

- to urge the political leaders to overcome the divisions and disputes over the election outcome, to engage without any pre-conditions in a genuine process of reconciliation addressing the disputed issues, and to agree on a way to share power so as to reflect the clear democratic will of the Kenyan people in a composition of government that wins the confidence of the Kenyan people and, more broadly, Kenya's international partners.'