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ICJ to rule on Kenya-Somalia maritime border dispute
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ICJ to rule on Kenya-Somalia maritime border dispute

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, set to deliver the verdict on the maritime border dispute case between Somalia and Kenya.

Fifteen judges led by US judge Joan Donoghue will hand down the verdict at the Peace Palace in The Hague at 1600 EAT.

The Horn of Africa neighbours have been feuding for years over a stretch of the Indian Ocean claimed by both nations that is believed to hold deposits of oil and gas.

Last week Friday, Kenyan government said it will reject the jurisdiction of the UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ).

“The delivery of the judgement will be the culmination of a flawed judicial process that Kenya has had reservations with, and withdrawn from,” the foreign ministry said, accusing the court of “obvious and inherent bias” in resolving the dispute. 

Somalia wants to extend its maritime frontier with Kenya along the line of the land border, in a south-easterly direction but Kenya wants the border to head out to sea in a straight line east, giving it more territory.

The disputed triangle of water stretches over an area of more than 100,000 square kilometres (40,000 square miles)

Somalia took the matter to court after saying diplomatic attempts to resolve the disagreement had led nowhere.


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