Statement by Christiane Hohmann, spokesperson of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, on the situation in Kenya
End production: 03/01/2008 First transmission: 03/01/2008
After the elections in Kenya and the riots, the European Commission called on all sides to restrain from violence. At the 3 January midday briefing, Christiane Hohmann, spokesperson of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, reminded that violence doesn't have any place in a country after an election.
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||General view of the press room
||Christiane Hohmann, spokesperson of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, (in ENGLISH) saying that first, the EC issued several statements during the past days on the situation in Kenya, calling on all sides to restrain from violence; violence doesn't have any place in a country after an election; that was from all sides accepted as in its implementation itself; the day itself was a calmed and good election process; they have seen - and the election observation mission on the ground was very clear about that - problems and they think that these problems should be worked out under participation of all sides and finding a political solution to the situation refrain from further violence;
second, as far as security is in concern, a couple of Member States have raised their security alerts with regard to travels to Kenya; it is not within the remit of the Commission to do so; so it is up to Member States to take care of that and they have done so