Kenya Leaders Agree to Peace Talk Structure

Immediate issues could be resolved within 15 days, Annan says
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 1, 2008 2:27 PM CST
A man using crutches moves away from skirmishes between police and opposition supporters in Kisumu, Kenya, Friday, Feb. 1, 2008. In Kisumu Friday, police fired tear gas and live rounds at scores of protesters...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Kenya's rival leaders have agreed on an outline for peace talks, Kofi Annan said today. Larger problems could take a year to iron out, but the ex-UN chief said the most pressing issues--ending the killings, aiding those hit by the turmoil, and fixing "immediate" political woes--could be solved within the next 7 to 15 days, Reuters reports.

The feuding parties have already made “substantial progress” on their priority item, stopping the violence that has left 850 dead. “We are calling on the public to disband any illegal militia,” said an opposition official. Current UN head Ban Ki-moon also met negotiators. “What is important at this time is to maintain peace and security,” he said.