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Jackson urges Kenya to help end ethnic bloodshed

President Daniel arap Moi's government should stop the ethnic fighting bloodying central Kenya, regardless of who started it, U.S. envoy Jesse Jackson urged Sunday.

After arriving in Kenya earlier in the day, Jackson spent part of Sunday visiting survivors in three hospitals in Nakuru, a city 95 miles northwest of Nairobi.The community is in the Rift Valley, the center of violence that has taken at least 100 lives in recent weeks.

"It's debatable who started (the fighting), but it's clear the government must use its considerable resources to stop it," Jackson told the Associated Press afterward.

"When the major political leadership fails, then others feel they can take matters into their own hands," he said.

Jackson was to meet with Moi on Monday before heading to the Congo and Liberia.

Jackson met with Moi in November on his first trip to Africa as an envoy for both President Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. His mission is to promote democracy on the continent.

Since then, Moi won a fifth, five-year term, and his Kenya African National Union retained its parliamentary majority.

Shortly after the Dec. 29-30 general elections, several of Moi's ministers and KANU legislators warned members of the Kikuyu tribe - Kenya's largest - that they would face the consequences for supporting opposition candidate Mwai Kibaki, a Kikuyu.

Last month, Kikuyu communities in the central Rift Valley were attacked by raiders identified as members of the Kalenjin group of tribes loyal to Moi and his ministers. The fighting has claimed members of both ethnic groups.