HC Deb 07 July 1997 vol 297 cc327-8W
Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on relations between and Kenya. [4875]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

We recognise the positive role which Kenya has played over the years as a force for regional stability. During my recent visit there between 25 and 28 June, I met President Moi and had talks with some of his Ministers, members of the Opposition, Church leaders and other representatives of Kenyan society. I made clear to all parties our hopes and expectation that the forthcoming elections will be free and fair and that they will be conducted in a peaceful environment. In this context, I stressed the importance of dialogue between the parties concerned.

I also made clear our concern that certain democratic principles should be implemented in the approach to the elections, to make sure that they are free and fair. In particular, I called for elections where all those who want to vote can exercise their choice freely; where all those who want to stand have the opportunity to do so; where the electorate have access through the media to all the information needed to make a free choice; and where people can come together freely in support of their preferred candidates.