12 February 2013

Kenya Must Comply With International Criminal Court, European Union Stresses

The European Union on Monday (February 11th) reiterated its stance that it does not endorse any presidential candidate for Kenya's March general elections, but said Uhuru Kenyatta must co-operate with the International Criminal Court (ICC) if he wins the presidency, Kenya's The Standard reported.

"It is up to Kenyans to elect the leaders they want. All we support is free, fair and credible elections for the country," said EU Head of Delegation to Kenya Ambassador Lodewijk Briet.

Top contender for the presidency Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and his running-mate former Eldoret North parliamentarian William Ruto are facing charges of crimes against humanity in relation to violence after the 2007 elections.

Briet made his remarks after Kenyan Foreign Minister Sam Ongeri met with European envoys following comments made this week by the United States, United Kingdom and France, warning Kenyans to be prepared for negative consequences if they choose a leader accused of crimes.

Ongeri criticised EU governments for meddling in Kenya's internal affairs. "The remarks made by EU envoys are clearly inflammatory and could have the effect of polarising the country," he said.

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