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Kenya - Tana River Violence

Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 12, 2012


The United States condemns the deadly cycle of recent attacks and reprisals in Kenya's Tana River Delta that has left more than 100 people dead. Our sympathy goes out to the families who have lost loved ones in the violence.

We urge community leaders and the Kenyan Government to intensify efforts to bring opposing factions together to end the violence and establish peaceful mechanisms to address disputes in the future. It is also important that those who have committed crimes are held accountable through transparent, fair, and thorough investigations and trials.

Attacks such as those in Tana River threaten to destabilize the surrounding region and rob Kenyan citizens of opportunity. The United States calls on all parties throughout Kenya to address grievances and assert their rights through peaceful means, as provided for in the new constitution, so that all Kenyans may participate in fair and credible elections in March 2013.

PRN: 2012/1424


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