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PNU and ODM, to discuss their reservations about working together.

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Parties to table concerns during Tuesday meeting

Story by LUCAS BARASA
Publication Date: 2/17/2008

Mediated talks to end the political crisis in the country resume on Tuesday, with the PNU and ODM representatives expected to discuss their reservations about working together.

Mbooni MP Mutula Kilonzo, who is one of the government representatives at the talks led by the former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan, said each side is expected to write down their suspicions to enhance trust among them.

“If we are going to produce a grand coalition, there must be time to generate sufficient trust,” he added. 

Lack of trust and suspicion, the MP said, led to the collapse of the Narc coalition and split of Orange group after the 2005 referendum.

However, an ODM leader William Ruto said: “I think  what Mr Annan is saying is that this country is so divided that only a win-win situation can pull it out of the hole in which it has sunk. 

“I do not see any other way apart from a win-win situation under some sort of arrangement bringing together both sides.”

He said the country has “sunk into a hole” and it needs both PNU and ODM to save it. 

“We need, some kind of arrangement bringing together both sides in order to pull out of the mess in which we are,” the Eldoret North MP added.

The other government representatives at the talks include Cabinet ministers Martha Karua (Justice and Constitutional Affairs), Moses Wetangula (Foreign Affairs) and Sam Ongeri (Education).

ODM negotiators are Musalia Mudavadi, William Ruto,  James Orengo and Sally Kosgei.

The talks, which started on January 29, are expected to take a new turn with the arrival of US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice tomorrow. 

On Friday, Mr Annan said Rice is to meet President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga and tell them to give instructions to their representatives at the talks for a faster agreement to be reached.

Mr Annan said Rice comes from the most powerful country in the world and her support would give the talks a new impetus. The mediation team took a break on Thursday.

About 1,000 people have been killed and more than 300,000 displaced from their homes by chaos that followed the controversial announcement of the result of the presidential election.

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