Kenya Faults ICJ Process on Maritime Dispute With Somalia Ahead of Verdict

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NAIROBI (Somaliguardian) -Kenya on Friday said the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the maritime delimitation case between Somalia and Kenya will be the culmination of a flawed judicial process.

The government of Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta pointed out that it had withdrawn the compulsory jurisdiction of the court due to reservations with the process on accounts of “bias” and “unsuitability”.

The delivery of the Judgment will be the culmination of a flawed judicial process that Kenya has had reservations with, and withdrawn from, on account not just of its obvious and inherent bias but also of its unsuitability to resolve the dispute at hand,” Kenyan Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau said.

For these reasons and in addition to withdrawing its participation from the current case, Kenya, on the 24th September, 2021, also joined many other members of the United Nations in withdrawing its recognition of the Court’s compulsory jurisdiction. As a sovereign nation, Kenya shall no longer be subjected to an international court or tribunal without its express consent.”

Somalia had demanded a review of the maritime border in what could change the ocean territory for the two countries if the International Criminal Court rules in favor of Somalia.

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