Kenya/ICC Battle Begins At UN

China on Tuesday took over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of March.Li Baodong, the Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations, took over the rotating Council presidency from Brazilian UN Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, who held the presidency of the Security Council for February.

Li is expected to brief reporters on the work program of the 15- nation UN body on Wednesday.The Security Council presidency rotates among the Council members in the English alphabetical order of their names. Each president holds office for one calendar month.Under the UN Charter, the Security Council has the primary responsibility for the maintenance of peace and security in the world at large.China will perform its duty as the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in March in a fair, neutral way in order to effectively maintain international peace and security..”As the rotating president and a permanent member of the Security Council, we will adhere to the principle of being fair, neutral, pragmatic and efficient to ensure success of the work of the Security Council, so as to maintain international peace and security in an effective manner,” Li said.

Meanwhile Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has held talks with Amb Li Baodong The VP arrived in New York City on Monday evening and went straight into the meeting with Mr Baodong. Amb Li Baodong informed Mr Musyoka that the Security Council has received Kenya’s request for the deferral of the cases and he added that the request has since been circulated to members for consideration.The VP who is leading the Kenyan delegation seeking the deferral of the ICC cases told the President that Kenya is seeking to postpone action by the ICC against the six Kenyans named as the suspects of the 2007/08 post election violence, to allow for local trials through a national judicial mechanism.Mr Musyoka who is accompanied by Agriculture minister Dr Sally Kosgei, Nairobi Metropolitan Minister Njeru  Githae and the Higher Education Minister Helen Sambili reiterated that Kenya has no intention pulling out of the International Criminal Court  or assisting those named by the  ICC prosecutor  to escape justice.”All we want is the UN security council to consider positively the AU resolution endorsing Kenya’s request for a twelve-month deferral to allow us to complete reforms and embark on local trials,” he said.

The Security Council has 15 members: five permanent members — China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States — and 10 non-permanent members elected by the UN General Assembly for two-year terms.

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