Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has suspended negotiations in Kenya, saying, “The leaders have to assume their responsibilities and become directly engaged in these talks.” Annan has been mediating a political crisis marked by tribal violence that has claimed at least 1,500 lives.


Mr Annan said that negotiations had become acrimonious and that the situation had become “very dangerous”.

He also said he would speak to President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga to find a way to move forward “much faster”.

At least 1,500 people have been killed in ethnic and political violence since the disputed election, police say.

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