UNITED NATIONS: African countries will put forward a United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution seeking a suspension of International Criminal Court (ICC) charges against Kenyan leaders, officials said on Thursday (Friday in Manila).
An African ministerial delegation announced the move after meeting with Security Council envoys to press for the deferral of charges against President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto.
The meeting went ahead as the ICC postponed the start of Kenyatta’s trial until February 5.
The Kenyan president and vice president are accused over political violence after a 2007 presidential election in which more than 1,000 people died. Both deny the charges.
The African delegation—with foreign ministers from Kenya, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Senegal, Namibia and Uganda—called on the council to use its powers to suspend the case for a year.
Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who led the delegation, said the ICC trials risked destabilizing Kenya.
The minister highlighted strife in Somalia, the September attack by Somali militants on a Nairobi shopping mall and tensions between Sudan and South Sudan.