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Cablegate: A/S Frazer Statement On Kenya Crisis

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SUBJECT: A/S FRAZER STATEMENT ON KENYA CRISIS

The following statement by Assistant Secretary Frazer was released
upon her departure from Nairobi on Friday, 11 January. This
statement should be treated as the definitive expression of USG
policy on the Kenyan crisis as of this date. It should be widely
shared with opinion leaders who are concerned with the issues
discussed in the statement.

Nairobi, January 12, 2008 - The United States strongly supports a
political resolution to the post-electoral crisis in Kenya. That
is why Secretary of State Rice sent me to Kenya.

We favored no side during the electoral contest. We supported
efforts to carry out transparent and fair elections. The generally
peaceful and orderly voting process, and the record voter turnout,
was a triumph for the Kenyan people, but the serious flaws in the
vote tallying process damaged the credibility of the process. At
that point Kenyan institutions failed the Kenyan people. During
intensive rounds of meetings with President Kibaki, Raila Odinga,
their respective teams, and a wide range of other actors over the
past week I have emphasized the urgency of achieving a political
settlement, and I have sought to encourage and facilitate dialogue.

We strongly support the efforts of President Kufuor, Chairman of
the African Union, to bring the two sides together to facilitate
a political settlement. The post-electoral crisis can only be
resolved through a Kenyan solution. President Kufuor, the United
States, and other friends of Kenya can, however, help the two sides
overcome deep-seated mistrust and enter into a serious dialogue.
We welcome, in that regard, the willingness of both sides to engage
with the African Eminent Persons who will soon visit Kenya, led by
former UNSYG Kofi Annan. We are also prepared to witness the
results of any settlement in order to reassure both sides that any
agreement will actually be implemented.

Although we welcome the fact that both sides have indicated their
commitment to dialogue and to ending violence, we are deeply
disappointed that they have not been able to reach agreement on the
modalities for direct discussions. In our view, it is imperative
for President Kibaki and Raila Odinga to sit together directly and
without preconditions to discuss how to end the post-electoral
crisis in a way that reflects the will of the Kenyan people. Both
should acknowledge serious irregularities in the vote tallying which
made it impossible to determine with certainty the final result, and
both must take forthright steps to end violence and ensure respect
for the rule of law consistent with respect for human rights. This
particularly includes restoration of media freedom and freedom of
peaceful assembly. We believe the Kenyan people have made clear
that the way forward must embrace equitable power-sharing, an end
to violence, reconciliation, and agreement on a specific agenda for
constitutional and electoral reform.

In the meantime, the United States cannot conduct business as usual
in Kenya. The Kenyan people recognize that the post-electoral
crisis has revealed longstanding problems that must not be ignored.
As a close friend and partner of Kenya, the United States will
remain intensively engaged to help encourage resolution of the
post-electoral crisis. We are convinced that Kenyans will achieve
this, and that the country will emerge out of this crisis a stronger
and more just democratic society

RANNEBERGER

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