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Kofi Annan disappointed by Kenya tribunal failure

world Updated: Feb 13, 2009 14:24 IST

Former UN chief Kofi Annan, who brokered an end to Kenya's deadly post-election chaos a year ago, on Friday expressed his disappointment at parliament's failure to agree on a special court to try those suspected of masterminding the violence.

"I am disappointed that the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill 2009, which would have paved the way for the establishment of a Special Tribunal in Kenya, was defeated in parliament on Thursday," Annan said in a statement.

Annan described the vote as "a major setback" to the implementation of the recommendations made by a commission that probed the violence which erupted after the disputed December 2007 polls and left some 1,500 people dead.

"Ending impunity is critical to addressing the root causes of the crisis that engulfed Kenya last year," Annan said.

According to the recommendations made by the same panel, the names of the suspected masterminds of Kenya's deadliest political violence since independence will instead be forwarded to the International Criminal Tribunal.