Somalia PM Roble Steers Clear Of Maritime Dispute In Talks With Kenya's Uhuru
Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has denied that the maritime dispute between Somalia and Kenya was part of the agenda in his Tuesday meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In a brief statement Somali Government Spokesman, Mohamed Ibrahim Moalimu said the delegation led by the premier in his official trip to the coastal city of Mombasa did not discuss the maritime dispute during talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
”During the meeting, the prime minister made clear the issue of the maritime was pending in court, An error posted on Facebook by the Kenyan presidency has been quickly corrected,” Moalimu said.
The maritime case between the two East African countries is pending at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) the United Nation’s highest court for disputes between states and a decision could determine rights to exploit oil and gas in the deep waters off the East African coastline.
Somalia argues its maritime boundary should run the same direction as the southeasterly path of the country’s land border.
In contrast, Kenya claims the border should take a roughly 45-degree turn at the shoreline and run in a latitudinal line. This gives Kenya access to a larger share of the maritime area.
The disputed maritime territory is believed to hold vast oil and gas deposits and is also one of East Africa’s richest fishing grounds.