Kenya's foreign minister says her country will push ahead with moves to amend the International Criminal Court's founding document to ensure that sitting heads of state are granted immunity from prosecution.

Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto is on trial at the court in The Hague on charges of fomenting violence after his country's 2007 election and President Uhuru Kenyatta is scheduled to go on trial in February on similar charges. Both men insist they are innocent.

Kenya argues it needs strong leadership as it battles al-Qaida-linked terrorists in neighboring Somalia.

Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed told The Associated Press on Thursday that Kenya wants a special meeting of the ICC's Assembly of States Parties to discuss amending the Rome Statute that created the court.