Somalia Denies It has Agreed With Kenya to Equally Split Disputed Oil Blocks Proceeds


MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia has on Wednesday denied reaching an agreement with Kenya to divide the proceeds of oil, saying it still awaits a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the maritime border case.

Kenyan media reported that Nairobi and Mogadishu had agreed to equally share proceeds of oil and gas sales within the disputed maritime boundary, in a deal mediated by the Qatari government, known for its close ties with the leaders of the two Horn of Africa countries.

Kenya’s Star newspaper said it had obtained an exclusive access to the terms of the agreement, showing a 50:50 sharing deal expected to be signed in Doha soon.

Qatar, which shows a major interest in participating in oil explorations on some of the blocks in the disputed territory, has recently pressed both Nairobi and Mogadishu to normalize relations, though tensions return with Kenya suspending all flights to and from Somalia to pressure Farmajo’s government to lift ban on sale of Kenyan Khat.

Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Mohamed Guled said there was no agreement signed with Kenya by his government to divide the disputed territory and share oil blocks 5:50.

“Media reports that Somalia and Kenya are in agreement to divide the proceeds of oil and gas 50/50 are baseless and untrue,” Somali deputy prime minister tweeted.

“We are awaiting fair judgement by ICJ – ICJ on the on the maritime dispute.”

Kenya and Qatar have not immediately commented on the reports of the agreement, but this throws doubt over Somali government’s commitment in waiting for ICJ’s ruling on the maritime boundary case.

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