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Press release 2021/22

24 September 2021

Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v. Kenya) - The Court to deliver its Judgment on 12 October 2021 at 3 p.m. Hague time


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Jaaw, Kiikuuyo, jaaw, jaad ma heynee, jaaw.

World Court sides mostly with Somalia in border dispute with Kenya

The top U.N. top court on Tuesday ruled largely in favour of Somalia in its dispute with Kenya, setting a sea boundary in part of the Indian Ocean believed to be rich in oil and gas.

A new boundary drawn by the International Court of Justice mostly followed a line proposed by Somalia, attributing to it several offshore oil blocks claimed by Kenya.

The revised maritime border along the exclusive economic zones for the continental shelves of Somalia and Kenya "achieves and equitable solution", Judge Joan Donoghue said.

Kenya, which did secure some territory beyond the Somalia proposal, had failed to prove there was an established sea boundary between the states, which would have given it a greater portion of the disputed territory, the court found.

The ruling comes after Nairobi last week said it had revoked recognition of the court's jurisdiction. No one for Kenya was officially present either in court or via video link.

Somalia filed the case in 2014 at the United Nations' highest court for disputes between states.

The case at the ICJ, also known as the World Court, concerned a boundary dispute over more than 100,000 sq km (nearly 40,000 sq miles) of sea floor claimed by both countries.

- Reuters 

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ICJ rejects Kenya case in Somalia maritime border row

The UN's top court has ruled largely in favour of Somalia in its long-running dispute with Kenya over their maritime border.

Kenya previously accused the International Court of Justice of bias and said it will not accept the ruling.

The case concerned a 38,000 sq mile (100,000 sq km) triangle in the Indian Ocean that is thought to be rich in oil and gas.

The dispute has been at the heart of a diplomatic row between the neighbours.

For the past four decades, Kenya has said a line due east of the point where the two countries meet at the coast represents the maritime border.

Somalia, however, argued in court that the sea frontier in the Indian Ocean should follow on in the same direction as the land border.

The panel of 14 judges sitting in The Hague said that Kenya had not proved that Somalia had previously agreed to its claimed border.

Instead, they drew a new line which has split the disputed area in two.

But with Kenya refusing to recognise the ICJ's jurisdiction it is not now clear what will happen. The court has no means to enforce its rulings.

Somalia had also argued that Kenya had violated its sovereignty by operating in its territorial waters and demanded reparations.

The judges, however, rejected this argument.

In 2009, the two countries had agreed in a memorandum of understanding, backed by the UN, to settle the boundary dispute through negotiation.

But five years later, Somalia said the talks had failed and it went to the ICJ instead. The Reuters news agency reports that Somalia was angered by Kenya selling exploration licenses in the disputed zone to two multinationals in 2012.

Speaking before the judgment was delivered, Somalia's Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Guled told the BBC that his country "believes in the rules-based system... that's why we came to the court".

The court is supposed to be the final arbiter in disputes between nations.

Kenya argued unsuccessfully that the ICJ should not be involved as the memorandum of understanding was binding.

Then in March it refused to take part in hearings after having asked for a delay to brief a new legal team.

It also objected to the presence on the ICJ panel of a Somali judge, saying he should recuse himself.

Last week, Kenya's government described the case as a "flawed judicial process". It added that there was "inherent bias" and that the court was an unsuitable way to resolve the dispute.


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SOMALIS have a very short memory,  I really don't know who he was but I  remember before anyone there was a guy who went crazy about this issue in Somalitalk. Who everyday was writing about this issue and made most Somalis aware.

If you are out there,  I want say thank you. 

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31 minutes ago, Duufaan said:

Cigaal's Kenya MOU and Sharmarke's government MOU was identical. He should be in jail.

I agree and government must lock up all of them for treason 

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