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Vol 54 No 10

Published 10th May 2013


Diplomatic diversions

After President Kenyatta’s brief encounter with British Premier Cameron, both are preparing for more trouble over the International Criminal Court cases

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s three-day visit to London and meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron this week mark a considerable diplomatic victory for his new government. Previously, Whitehall had insisted that official relations with Kenyatta and Vice-President William Ruto would be limited to ‘essential contacts’: both face charges of crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court. British officials say the invitation to Kenyatta to attend the Somalia Conference in London on 7 May and meet Cameron and other officials to discuss regional security are in the ‘essential’ category. Kenyan and international human rights groups disagree.

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