The UN Security Council has rejected an attempt to suspend the trials of Kenya’s president and vice-president at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
A resolution had been proposed by African states to suspend the trial of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for a year.
Eight council nations, all ICC members or supporters including Britain, France and the United States, abstained to ensure the failure of the resolution.
UK Ambassador Lyall Grant says that the countries ‘listened’ to the AU request but the International Criminal Court (ICC) has worked to ‘mitigate’ concerns.
Grant says the deferral resolution was ‘unnecessarily put to a vote’ in way that highlights disagreement.
Britain says it will support amendments to the Rome Statutes to allow video conferencing of trials.
United States envoy Samantha Power says Kenya’s concerns are best addressed within the ICC, argues that the victims of the post election violence are entitled to justice.
‘Because of our respect for Kenya and AU we have decided to abstain,’ said Power.
Kenya will now push amendment to check prosecution.
This is the first time in decades that a Security Council resolution has failed without a veto by one of the permanent members.