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October 12, 2021

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ICJ made the ruling in a 5000-word verdict, which according to legal minds, largely favours Somalia.

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ICJ Rules on Kenya-Somalia Maritime Case

ICJ Rules on Kenya-Somalia Maritime Case

The International Court of Justice has today ruled on the long-running dispute between Kenya and Somalia over their maritime border.

ICJ made the ruling in a 5000-word verdict, which according to legal minds, largely favours Somalia.

Below are the Key highlights of the ruling;

  1. ICJ called on the two countries to Split the disputed maritime triangle.
  2. ICJ rejected Kenya’s argument of a pre-existing agreement with Somalia on a parallel boundary.
  3. Rejected Somalia’s claims that Kenya violated international laws

The Kenya-Somalia maritime case, which has sparked a diplomatic row between the two neighbours concerns a 38,000 sq mile (100,000 sq km) triangle in the Indian Ocean that is thought to be rich in oil and gas.

Kenya had previously accused the International Court of Justice of bias, saying it would not recognise it’s verdict as it was not guaranteed to get a fair hearing.

 

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