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S. Sudan leader: Int'l court 'humiliates' Africa

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May 23, 2013 01:32 PM EST | AP


JUBA, South Sudan — South Sudan's president is criticizing the International Criminal Court, saying the court is designed to humiliate African leaders.

Salva Kiir spoke Thursday during a visit by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, who faces ICC charges related to Kenya's post-election violence in 2007-08 that killed more than 1,000 people.

Kiir said that South Sudan – the world's newest country – will not sign the Rome Statute that binds countries to the ICC process despite offers of "assistance" in exchange for signing it.

Kiir and Kenyatta also discussed a planned transport corridor that is to run from Kenya's coastal of city of Lamu into South Sudan. A proposed pipeline would be used to transport South Sudan's oil to the coast without having to go through Sudan.