Merkel urges Kenya to cooperate with ICC

12th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday urged Kenya to cooperate with the International Criminal Court in the trial of six top suspects in the country's 2007-2008 post-election unrest.

Nairobi has challenged the ICC's jurisdiction to investigate six senior allies of President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and previously sought a delay of the trial.

"I talked with the prime minister and the president about the fact that it is right to cooperate with the ICC," Merkel said.

"I encouraged the president ... to continue the cooperation with the ICC on the case of these six personalities because that's the only way to achieve truth and clarity, and because I'm convinced that that is the basis if you are to bring about reconciliation," she added.

Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, head of public service Francis Muthaura and former police chief Mohamed Hussein Ali are among the suspects.

Others are former ministers William Ruto and Henry Kosgey and radio presenter Joshua Sang.

Merkel was in Nairobi at the start of a three-nation Africa tour which will also take her to Angola and Nigeria.

The German leader pledged one million euros to help thousands of Somalis who have fled into a refugee camp in Kenya due to a severe drought in the region.

Merkel separately pledged 140 million euros to fund various projects in Kenya, which invited Germany to take part in a huge infrastructure project to build a new port, oil pipeline, railway and road to South Sudan and Ethiopia.

© 2011 AFP

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