The German Government welcomes the agreement brokered by Kofi Annan on a plan for peace for Kenya. In a telephone call on Saturday morning, Federal Foreign Minister Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier thanked the former Secretary-General of the United Nations for his efforts and assured him of the full support of the German Government. The Minister issued the following statement after their conversation (2 February):
"I welcome the agreement between the parties on a plan for peace for Kenya. The accord brokered by Kofi Annan creates the backdrop for the non-violent political dialogue on the future of the country which is so urgently needed.
At the same time, it gives us reason to hope that the violence in Kenya will cease without delay. Protecting civilians is the top priority. The agreed immediate actions must therefore be resolutely implemented now. Acts of violence must be punished, impunity must not continue.
I call upon the Government and the opposition to do what they can to stick to the timetable under Kofi Annan's leadership and to use all the opportunities they have to reach a viable, long-term solution for Kenya."
A United Nations mediation mission led by the former Secretary-General Kofi Annan is currently working in Nairobi to bring about a solution to the political crisis and to end the violence. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also visited Kenya recently to bolster the mediation efforts.
The Federal Foreign Minister is in close contact with the mediators and the parties to the conflict.