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African Union 'disappointed' over rejection of ICC delay

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The African Union said Friday it was "disappointed" at the UN Security Council's rejection of its demand that the International Criminal Court trials of Kenya's president and vice president be delayed.

"Well of course we are disappointed," Erastus Mwencha, deputy head of the AU Commission, told AFP in Addis Ababa, where the AU is headquartered.

"I think at this stage we will have to reflect on it and then find a way forward," he added.

The UN Security Council on Friday rejected a resolution proposed by African states calling for the deferral of the trials of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice President William Ruto for a year.

Kenya's leaders secured support from the AU at a special summit last month, which called for a deferral but stopped short of calling for an Africa-wide withdrawal from The Hague-based ICC.

The AU argued that Kenya's leaders, who are facing crimes against humanity charges, should be allowed to fulfil their duties of running the country.

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