NL gives financial support to Kofi Annan
Minister Koenders pledges Annan support during Kenya negotiations during trip to Africa.8 February 2008
NAIROBI – Development Cooperation Minister Bert Koenders has pledged former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, currently in negotiations in Kenya, financial support for housing and administrative expenses so that he can continue to carry out his work. To start with he will be granted a sum of EUR 150,000.
Koenders indicated to Annan his support for Annan's efforts to avert the crisis in Kenya. After their talk, Koenders said that the Netherlands and Europe as a whole are very concerned about the situation.
Koenders called on the leaders in Kenya to put an end to the violence and work on the problems at the root of the trouble, like the reforms to the constitution and the distribution of land.
When the outcome of the presidential elections on 27 December was announced, riots broke out between supporters of president Mwai Kibak, who tried to secure his second term, and opposition leader Raila Odinga of the ODM party.
The Red Cross says that 1,000 people have since lost their lives and hundreds of thousands are displaced after fleeing the violence.
Koenders will meet representatives of the opposition party ODM later on Friday and on Saturday will visit areas where the riots broke out.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]
Subject: Dutch news