Kenya and Somalia maritime border dispute to ‘Escalate’ despite the UN high court verdict that will be released today
- The International court of Justice is set to solve the dispute between Kenya and Somalia by giving a verdict today.
- Kenya has already deployed Italian companies to explore the region.
- Kenya says that the International court of Justice is biased and will rule against them.
The (ICJ) International court of Justice is set to give it’s verdict on the continuing dispute between Kenya and Somalia today, though Kenya issued a statement that the Top UN court residing over the maritime border dispute between Kenya and Somalia is biased and won’t consider the jurisdiction simply because it will go against them. The hearing and the verdict will take place in Hague, Peace Palace where there will be 15 judges on the case lead by the chief judge Joan Donoghue.
Kenya and Somalia maritime border dispute to worsen
The maritime sea border that Somalia and Kenya are fighting to take possession of is said to have very rich gas and oil deposits. Kenya has taken control over the region since 1979 but since Somali realized the region potential and richness, they are now fighting to acquire the portion. Somali insist that their boundary should be similar and to a straight line to their land border while Kenya insist that the boundary should be in a straight line heading east forming a triangular shape. The maritime border dispute began back in 2007 and has dragged till now.
Both Somalia and Kenya decided to solve the dispute through Bilateral negotiations back in 2009 but the diplomatic attempts to resolve the issue did not reach anywhere. Somalia then went forward and reported the case to the ICJ in 2014 and is set to give the verdict today. Kenya is a sovereign country and despite the verdict will still conduct its business. As we are talking Kenya has already deployed Italian companies to inspect the region despite Somalia’s attempt to refuse. The verdict might spike a lot of problems and interests between the two countries. As for now, we just have to wait for the ICJ verdict.