ICJ Largely Rules in Favor of Somalia in Maritime Border Row With Kenya


HAGUE (Somaliguardian) – The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Tuesday ruled largely in favor of Somalia in its dispute with Kenya after a bitter legal battle over a potentially oil and gas-rich chunk of the Indian Ocean.

The world court ruled there was “no agreed maritime boundary” and drew a new border close to the one claimed by Somalia, although Kenya kept a part of the 100,000 square-kilometer area, chief judge Joan Donoghue said.

Kenya said last week it would not recognize the court’s verdict, saying it is a product of flawed process and accused the court of being “biased”.

The court’s binding decision, which gives both countries no options to appeal, could further escalate diplomatic row between Nairobi and Mogadishu.

Somalia had taken Kenya to the International Court of Justice in 2014 over the disputed maritime boundary after the Kenyan government rebuffed Somali authorities’ demands for ending the row through negotiations.

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