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SECRETARY-GENERAL URGES DIALOGUE TO RESOLVE KENYAN CRISIS
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
In the face of the deeply troubling situation in Kenya, the Secretary-General calls once again on the political leadership of Kenya to find -- urgently -- an acceptable solution through dialogue, so that the political crisis is resolved and the country returns to its peaceful and democratic path. The Secretary-General wishes to express his continued support for the various efforts being made by regional and international actors to help the Kenyans arrive at a lasting solution.
Two weeks have now passed since violence erupted in Kenya following disputed national elections, the conduct of which prompted serious concerns on the part of national and international observers. Today, the death toll stands at an appallingly high figure of more than 500 people, while more than 250,000 Kenyans have been forced to flee their homes. Many of them are living in fear. That much of the violence appears to have been directed at specific communities is all the more worrisome. The killings must stop, alleged human rights violations should be investigated and those found responsible for crimes should be held accountable for their actions. The potential for further bloodshed remains high unless the political crisis is quickly resolved.
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