The UN Security Council has deplored the widespread violence in Kenya, which has resulted in extensive loss of life and serious humanitarian consequences.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the Security Council expressed deep concern that civilians continued to be killed, abused and displaced in Kenya following the disputed Dec 27 elections.
It also voiced concern at the political, security and economic impact of that crisis on the wider region.
"The council expresses its strong concern at the continuing dire humanitarian situation in Kenya and calls for the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons," said the statement, which was read out by Panama's envoy to the UN Ricardo Alberto Arias.
"The council further expresses its concern at the safety of humanitarian workers and UN personnel and calls on all parties to facilitate their work and ensure their safety," it said.
The 15-member body welcomed the announcement of progress in negotiations overseen by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan between President Mwai Kibaki and his challenger Raila Odinga.
The council also reaffirmed its support for the African Union and the panel of eminent African personalities in their efforts to stem the violence.