African Union says Kenya leader should not go to trial in November

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ADDIS ABABA, Oct 12 (Reuters) - African leaders agreed onSaturday that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta should not attendtrial at the International Criminal Court if the U.N. SecurityCouncil did not agree to delay the proceedings, Ethiopia'sforeign minister said.

Tedros Adhanom said that the African Union would request thetrial be deferred under article 16 of the court's Rome Statutethat allows a delay of a year subject to renewal and wouldrequest a postponement if that demand was not agreed.

"If that is not met what the summit decided is thatPresident Kenyatta should not appear until the request we havemade is actually answered," Tedros told journalists, explainingdecisions of a meeting to discuss Africa's relations with thecourt.

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