African leaders are urging the International Criminal Court to transfer charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to the Kenyan legal system.

African Union chairman Hailemariam Desalegn said Monday that the African Union summit, which ended Monday in Addis Ababa, agreed to press the United Nations to move the charges against Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, to Kenya.

Kenyatta and Ruto both face trials later this year at the ICC in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity over allegations they helped orchestrate the tribal attacks after Kenya's 2007 election, in which more than 1,000 people died.