EU urges Kenya to cooperate with ICC prosecutor

20:22, November 04, 2009      

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The European Union on Wednesday called on the Kenyan government to cooperate with the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) who is due in the country on Thursday.

A statement issued by the Swedish Embassy in Nairobi ahead of Luis Moreno-Ocampo's visit to the east African nation said the 27-political and economic European bloc expected effective cooperation of the Kenyan government.

Swedish Ambassador to Kenya Ann Dismorr whose country holds the EU Presidency stressed the importance of Kenya's cooperation with ICC, saying Ocampo's visit was a crucial step towards ending impunity in Kenya of the perpetrators of the post-election violence.

"The Swedish Presidency of the EU welcomes the visit by the Chief Prosecutor of the ICC Moreno-Ocampo. His visit is a crucial step towards ending impunity in Kenya of the perpetrators of the post-election violence," Dismorr said.

Last month, Ocampo said he has outlined a three-pronged approach that should be adopted to avert a recurrence of violence in Kenya.

The ICC prosecutor said his resolve to address the post-election violence of early 2008 with the Kenyan leaders and to prevent recurring violence like that witnessed after the presidential elections in 2007.

The three-pronged approach will see the ICC prosecuting those most responsible; national accountability proceedings as defined by the Kenyan Parliament, such as a Special Tribunal, for other perpetrators; and other reforms and mechanisms such as the Justice, Truth and Reconciliation commission to shed light on the full history of past events and to suggest mechanisms to prevent such crimes in the future.

"Mechanisms such as the Justice, Truth and Reconciliation Commission should shed light on the full history of past events and to suggest mechanisms to prevent such crimes in the future," he said.

The ICC prosecutor said decisive consultations between the prosecutor and the Kenyan principals will take place during his two-day visit to the country starting on Thursday.

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga signed a power-sharing deal in February 2008 to end last year's bloody post-election crisis, which left some 1,200 people dead and forced 350,000 from their homes.

Source: Xinhua
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