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Vol 49 No 4

Published 15th February 2008


Kenya

The safari talks

Signs of progress, however elusive, are boosting hopes for a deal but the militias are rearming - just in case

The announcement of a political deal on 14 February at talks at a Kilaguni Game Lodge mediated by former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan boosted morale but may not change the fundamentals. There is much scepticism about the plan for a 'grand coalition' in Nairobi's fractious parliament. There is still more concern up country about whether a top-table agreement in the capital will staunch the violence on the ground and end the forced evictions and arson. Many Kenyans suspect that both sides will renege on a compromise deal once Annan and his advisors have departed, and the bitter cycle of attacks and counter attacks will restart.

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