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UK sends minister in ‘leaked’ papers row

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Britain has sent its minister responsible for Africa to Kenya, possibly to defuse a row over disputed documents alleging that London was pushing for President Kibaki to be investigated over post election violence.Britain’s Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the equivalent of an assistant minister, Mr Henry Belligham, is expected in Nairobi next week.Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetang’ula said Mr Belligham, one of the people copied in the letters tabled in Parliament, will arrive possibly Tuesday or Wednesday.His mission is to “seek audience with the Kenyan leadership” regarding the document, Mr Wetang’ula said.Mr Wetang’ula added that he learnt of Mr Belligham’s visit from the interim British High Commissioner, Dr Peter Tibber, who had visited the Foreign Affairs Ministry early on Monday.The minister revealed that the controversial document had rattled the diplomatic community in Kenya, but reminded the MPs, who sit in Parliament’s Defence and Foreign Relations Committee, that Britain had since denounced the document as a “fabrication”.“The policy of Her Majesty’s Government is not to comment on leaked documents. However, having seen copies of the documents in question, we would like to assure the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that these are not genuine,” the British High Commission said in a statement dated March 9, just a day after the document was laid in the House.Kenya’s spy agency, the National Security Intelligence Service, Mr Wetang’ula said, had “urged caution” regarding the disputed documents, which were tabled in Parliament provoking heated exchanges...Click here

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