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Kenyan parties 'agree peace plan'
Former UN chief Kofi Annan at press conference in Nairobi on 1 February 2008
Mr Annan has been holding talks in Kenya for several days
Kenya's feuding leaders have agreed on a plan to end the political and ethnic violence gripping the country, former UN chief Kofi Annan has said.

"We have agreed an agenda covering both short-term issues and also long-term issues," Mr Annan said.

The deal was agreed by representatives of both President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga.

The announcement came after fresh outbreaks of fighting left at least 18 people dead in the west of the country.

Mr Annan said the rival parties had agreed a four-point framework for talks which should end the violence within the next two weeks.

The BBC's Adam Mynott in Nairobi says the deal is a good start which should have an impact on the level of violence on the ground.

People from the whole village attacked the policeman and killed him
Police commander Walter Aliwa

But the two parties were still very, very far apart, he says, with President Kibaki saying he won December's disputed presidential election fair and square, and Mr Odinga claiming it was rigged.

Hate messages

The talks are due to last a month and items on the agenda include:

  • ending the violence

  • humanitarian situation

  • resolving the political crisis

  • land and historical injustices

"We believe within seven to 15 days, we should be able to tackle the first three agenda items," Mr Annan said.

"The first is to take immediate action to stop the violence."

Mr Annan said the parties had agreed on 18 action points to end the violence, including demobilising militia gangs, refraining from provocative speeches and ending text messages which have been inciting hatred.

His announcement followed a visit by his successor, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who called on all sides in Kenya to stop the violence.

Poisoned

But there have been further reports of bloodshed, rioting and fighting in parts of the Rift Valley.

Police say a 3,000-strong mob armed with bows and arrows, spears, clubs and machetes, killed at least 10 people, including a policeman, in western Kenya.

Kalenjin man is discovered hiding in a house with poisoned arrows near the western Kenyan town of Kericho on 1 February 2008
Clashes have continued across Kenya despite talks

The incident took place in Anaimoi, a trading post in the Kericho district of western Kenya.

"People from the whole village attacked the policeman and killed him," says police commander Walter Aliwa.

The area's MP David Too was shot dead by a policeman on Thursday.

Police say the killing was the result of a domestic dispute but the opposition say he was assassinated.

In a separate incident, eight people were poisoned and hacked to death in an apparent revenge attack for the MP's killing.



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