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Kenya peace talks move forward

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  • President Bush has said Condoleezza Rice will fly to Kenya to support talks
  • Kenyan negotiators trying to end violence have reached a political agreement
  • Talks aimed at ending violent ethnic tensions will continue next
  • Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to outline the agreement Friday
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NAIROBI, Kenya (CNN) -- Kenyan negotiators trying to end the violent ethnic tensions that erupted after the disputed presidential elections last year have reached some sort of a political agreement and will continue talking next week, a spokesman for the mediators said.

But a government spokeswoman specified the agreement is not a substantive one.

Nasser Ega-Musa told CNN on Thursday that Kofi Annan, the former U.N. secretary-general who was asked to help settle the dispute, will outline the agreement at a news conference Friday in Kenya.

Ega-Musa, spokesman for the panel of eminent African personalities on the national dialogue of reconciliation chaired by Annan, said Annan will release the text of the agreement that was signed by both parties. "The talks will resume on Monday morning," Ega-Musa said.

Chief government negotiator Martha Karua, asked about the negotiations at the Nairobi airport, said, "All I can say is that the talks are progressing" and that a substantive agreement has not been hammered out.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is being sent to Kenya in the coming few days to support efforts to end violence there. President Bush announced the mission in Washington on Thursday.

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Kenyan opposition party spokesman Salim Lone said that Rice's trip to Kenya is a "very positive step."

Earlier this week, both sides in the disputed December 27 presidential election in Kenya agreed not to pursue a recount or audit of the votes.

President Mwai Kibaki won the vote but supporters of challenger Raila Odinga disputed the poll. Anger over the elections sparked civil conflict, leaving hundreds of people dead.

Both sides have agreed on the creation of an independent committee to investigate irregularities in the election and suggest reforms.

Karua was also asked about reported comments from the British high commissioner to Kenya that the British government does not recognize the current government as legitimate.

"I will remind them that we are not a colony and we will not take pressure from any other country," she said. "Can you imagine a Kenyan envoy telling the British what to do?

"They are throwing their non-existent weight around." E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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