UN security council gets Kenya ICC plea

March 8, 2011 12:00 am

, NEW YORK, Mar 8 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has held talks with the President of the UN Security Council Li Baodong of China.

The VP arrived in New York City on Monday evening and went straight into the meeting with Mr Li.

Mr Li whose country holds the presidency of the UN security in March, informed Mr Musyoka that the Security Council has received Kenya\’s request for the deferral of the cases and he added that the request has since been circulated to members for consideration.

The VP who is leading the Kenyan delegation seeking the deferral of the ICC cases told the President that Kenya is seeking to postpone action by the ICC against the six Kenyans named as the suspects of the 2007/08 post election violence, to allow for local trials through a national judicial mechanism.

Mr Musyoka who is accompanied by Agriculture minister Dr Sally Kosgei, Nairobi Metropolitan Minister Njeru  Githae and the Higher Education Minister Helen Sambili reiterated that Kenya has no intention pulling out of the International Criminal Court  or assisting those named by the  ICC prosecutor  to escape justice.

"All we want is the UN security council to consider positively the AU resolution endorsing Kenya\’s request for a twelve-month deferral to allow us to complete reforms and embark on local trials," he said.

The VP said trials at the n ICC at this time when Kenya is in the midst of consolidating peace national healing and reconciliation, carries, with it the potential risk rolling back gains already made at peace building locally.

"We are very keen to secure justice for the post election victim but we must also be vigilant to avoid anything that risks national stability which often has regional implications. "

In separate meetings with the representatives of the three African members of the UN security council Nigeria, Gabon and South Africa, Dr Kosgei briefed them on reforms already underway in Kenya which indicates that the country was in a position to carry out credible local prosecutions.

These include the promulgation of the new constitution which has created robust independence institutions, and a reformed judiciary.

The Kenya delegation will meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the US Permanent representative to UN Susan Rice as well as the Representative of Russia, the UK and France.

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