African Union ‘disappointed’ at rejection of ICC delay

2013-11-16 10:03

The African Union said it was “disappointed” at the UN Security Council’s rejection of its demand that the International Criminal Court (ICC) trials of Kenya’s president and vice president be delayed.

“Well, of course we are disappointed,” said Erastus Mwencha, deputy head of the AU Commission in Addis Ababa, where the AU has its headquarters.

“I think at this stage we will have to reflect on it and then find a way forward,” he added.

The UN Security Council yesterday rejected a resolution proposed by African states calling for the deferral of the trials of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto for a year.

Kenya’s leaders secured support from the AU at a special summit last month that called for a deferral, but stopped short of calling for an Africa-wide withdrawal from The Hague-based ICC.

The AU argued that Kenya’s leaders, who are facing charges of crimes against humanity, should be allowed to fulfil their duties of running the country.

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