Friday, January 21, 2011

Ethiopia will not accept ICC case against Kenyan officials : says Meles

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Ethiopia will not accept the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s Case against Kenyan authorities. While holding discussion with Kenyan Vice President, Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka here on Friday. PM Meles said Ethiopia supports Kenyan efforts to form a special tribunal of its own to sue citizens who participated in the 2007-2008 post-election violence. Meles said Ethiopia will not accept the case that ICC's prosecutors presented against Kenyan authorities. He said Ethiopia as the current chair of Inter Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) will do everything possible to deter ICC’s move towards Kenyan officials. The premier said he will present the issue during the 16th Ordinary Summit of African Leaders due to be held here at the end of January, according to an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Musyoka on his part said the government of Kenya is arresting many people who participated during the post election violence. He said ICC’s warrant comes as the government of Kenya is trying to form a special tribunal to prosecute the culprits. He said PM Meles accepted Kenyan request to raise the issue in African Union and IGAD summits. The Vice President said he discussed with PM Meles on regional issues including Somalia and Sudan and on mutual concerns. Source (ENA)

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