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The Africa Report: 19 November

EWN’s Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish reports on the day’s top African news

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Picture: AFP.

UNSC: ICC PROCESS AGAINST KENYA'S PRESIDENT TO PROCEED

The United Nations (UN) Security Council (UNSC) has rejected Kenya's appeal for the delay of President Uhuru Kenyatta's International Criminal Court (ICC) trial.

Seven of the 15 members voted in favour of Kenya's appeal while eight of the security members abstained.

That left the vote at two votes short of the required nine and there was no veto.

In addition, at least ten of the 34 African signatories of the Rome Statute on which the ICC is based have not paid their dues and thus cannot vote in favour of changes desired by the African Union.

Despite tireless efforts by the Kenyan government to delay Kenyatta's trial, a poll has revealed that 67% of Kenyans want their president to go to The Hague to face charges.

Kenyatta, as well as his deputy William Ruto, is accused of crimes against humanity for their alleged involvement in the incitement of post-election violence in 2007/8.

Kenyatta's trial is due to begin 5 February 2014.

UN CHIEF WARNS ABOUT CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC'S VIOLENCE SPIRAL

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned of spiralling violence in the volatile Central African Republic (CAR).

In a briefing to the UN General Assembly, Ki-moon stressed the importance of implementing strategies which will see the focus on security and development coincides.

"Today we are sounding the alarm for immediate, decisive action to ensure that the crisis is addressed in all its dimensions - security, political, human rights and humanitarian," said the UN chief.

Ki-moon discussed the escalating religious tensions between Muslims and Christians in the CAR which the ex-Séléka coalition is using to their advantage.

He announced the UN Security Council's plans to assist the people of the CAR by supporting the African Union's International Support Mission in the CAR (MISCA).

SUDANESE LEADERS MEET AT THE AFRO-ARAB SUMMIT

Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardit have met for a four-way summit in Kuwait.

The Sudanese leaders have been joined by the Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni and Ethiopia's prime minster Haile Miriam Dessalines.

The objective of the meeting is to find ways to achieve peace and stability in the region.

The four-way began on Monday and occurs on the fringes of the third Afro-Arab summit in Kuwait.

It is hoped that the meeting between these four nations will result in the easing of border tensions between Sudan and South Sudan, reopening pipelines and allowing for the flow of oil.