Ramaphosa out of Kenya peace talks

NAIROBI - Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan said yesterday the Kenyan government had rejected his choice - South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa - to lead mediation efforts to end the country's deadly post-election crisis.

NAIROBI - Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan said yesterday the Kenyan government had rejected his choice - South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa - to lead mediation efforts to end the country's deadly post-election crisis.

Annan said top businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, who had played a leading role in talks in South Africa to end apartheid, withdrew "in the face of reservations by the Kenyan government and the Party of National Unity".

Annan said that Ramaphosa's withdrawal had been accepted "with regret". - Sapa

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