The much-anticipated Extraordinary Summit of the African Union ended without a mass withdrawal of African states from the International Criminal Court.
However, the AU has decided that the Court cannot prosecute any sitting member of an African government. But even as the relationship between the AU and the ICC is reconfigured, the AU summit may actually have been a highly convoluted cry for attention to obtain a deferral of Kenyan cases against the Kenyan president and deputy president.
"Our continent and the African Union remain committed to the system of international justice and action against impunity," Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, addressed the 15th Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council at the headquarters of the African Union on Friday.
African leaders had convened in Addis Ababa to discuss "Africa's relationship with the International Criminal Court". But even before the official deliberations began, Dlamini-Zuma stressed the significance of African states to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
"African states played an important role in the adoption of the Rome Statutes and the establishment of the ICC, in recognition of the importance of transitional justice in the promotion of peace and security," she said.