Kenya won’t recognize ICJ ruling on maritime border dispute with Somalia

Kenya will not recognize the ICJ court ruling on the maritime border dispute with Somalia; with the court’s judgment set for Tuesday next week.

Kenya withdrew its compulsory jurisdiction from the International Court of Justice.

The Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau on Friday, October 8 said Kenya will not recognize the court’s findings in the ongoing Maritime border dispute pitting it against Somalia.

Kamau told reporters that the Kenyan Government won’t abide by the court’s findings.

The Hague-based court is set to deliver its judgment on the Kenya- Somalia Maritime border dispute on Tuesday next week.

Kenya and Somalia have engaged in a protracted legal battle at the ICJ over a piece of land off the shore of Kenya.


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Mr. Kamau said the ICJ court lacks jurisdiction to determine the dispute and it has been biased and hence unsuitable to resolve the conflict.

”The court lacks jurisdiction to determine this particular dispute,” he said.

He added the conflict ought to have been resolved through negotiations and the case was an attempt by Somalia to infringe on the country’s territorial integrity; an attempt that started in 1969.

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