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African leaders tell court to drop charges against Sudan's president al-Bashir, Kenyan VP Ruto

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir arrives for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit, held on the eve of the heads of state meeting of the African Union summit, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The threat posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels, will be a focus of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he attends the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare)

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir arrives for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) summit, held on the eve of the heads of state meeting of the African Union summit, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. The threat posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria's Islamic extremist rebels, will be a focus of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he attends the African Union heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/Elias Asmare)  (The Associated Press)

African leaders have called for the suspension or termination of charges at the International Criminal Court against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto.

In a statement Saturday, the leaders urged The Hague-based court to halt until African concerns about the ICC and proposals to change the law that formed the international court are considered.

The African Union has accused the ICC of disproportionately targeting Africans. The court has indicted only Africans so far, although half of the eight cases it is prosecuting were referred to the court by African governments.

The ICC has issued an arrest warrant for Bashir, who has been charged with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It has charged Ruto with crimes against humanity.