Foreign Envoy’s Statement on Escalating Violence in Kenya



Heads of Mission on Recent Violent Demonstrations in Kenya

May 24, 2016

We are deeply concerned by the escalation of violence during the demonstrations in Kenyan cities on 23 May around the future of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).  The deaths and injuries of Kenyan citizens were tragic and unnecessary.  We urge the Government of Kenya to investigate the actions of the security services and to hold accountable anyone responsible for the use of excessive force.  We call on all demonstrators to act peacefully.

Violence will not resolve the issues regarding the future of the IEBC or ensure the 2017 elections are free and credible.  We strongly urge all Kenyans to come together to de-escalate the situation and to resolve their differences, taking every opportunity for inclusive dialogue.  Kenyans should talk, and any compromise must be implemented in accord with Kenya’s Constitution and the rule of law.  As partners, we stand ready to support such a dialogue in any way that is useful.

This statement has been issued by the following Heads of Mission in Kenya:

Robert F. Godec, Ambassador of the United States
Jutta Frasch, Ambassador of Germany
Johan Borgstam, Ambassador of Sweden
Victor C. Rønneberg, Ambassador of Norway
Frans Makken , Ambassador of the Netherlands
Nic Hailey, High Commissioner for the United Kingdom
David Angell, High Commissioner for Canada
Mette Knudsen, Ambassador of Denmark
John Feakes, High Commissioner for Australia
Rémi Marechaux, Ambassador of France
Stefano A. Dejak, Ambassador of the European Union

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