Kenya rejects ICJ ruling in marine borders


Kenya on Wednesday rejected a ruling by the UN Supreme Court in favor of Somalia in a row throughout the 2 sides’ sea border and referred to as the ruling “clearly incorrect”.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has backed Somalia in its dispute with neighboring Kenya over a maritime border in a case involving an space wealthy in oil and gasoline. Tuesday’s resolution by the United Nations Supreme Court is legally binding, even when the court docket has no enforcement energy.

The sea border that Kenya sought was rejected by the court docket, which stated that Kenya didn’t persistently keep it. Instead, the ICJ leaned extra in the direction of Somalia’s border for a straight line into the Indian Ocean from their border. However, the court docket didn’t assist Somalia’s declare for damages after it claimed that a part of Kenya’s maritime actions had violated its sovereignty.

“The decision was clearly wrong,” the Kenyan presidency stated in a press release on Wednesday, including that the ruling “embodies the ICJ’s abuses of jurisdiction and raises a fundamental issue of respect for state sovereignty and consent to international justice.”

A map displaying the coast of Kenya-Somalia and the disputed space. (AP Photo)

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta reacted strongly, saying his authorities “totally rejects and does not recognize the results of the decision.” With Kenya refusing to acknowledge the authority of the “biased” court docket, all eyes might be on what Nairobi is doing subsequent in considered one of the world’s most troubled areas. Somalia referred to as on Kenya to “respect the rule of law” following the ruling by the Hague tribunal.

The judges unanimously determined that there was no agreed maritime border and drew a brand new border near what Somalia claimed. Chief Justice Joan Donoghue learn a abstract of the decision and stated that “the court is so pleased that the adjusted line … achieves a fair solution.” The ICJ’s ruling is last and can’t be appealed, however the court docket, which was arrange after World War II to rule in disputes between UN states, has no technique of imposing its selections. However, states can go to the UN Security Council if one other nation doesn’t comply with a ruling.

In a televised speech, Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, generally often known as Farmajo, stated Nairobi ought to see the ruling as an “opportunity to strengthen relations between the two countries”. “The verdict was a true indication of the transparency of the International Court of Justice,” Farmajo stated, including that he had confronted “political, diplomatic, security and economic pressure from the Kenyan leadership.”

At the identical time, Somalia’s Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Osman Dubbe praised the resolution and celebrated the nation for “succeeding in capturing our seas”.

Kenya final week stated it might not acknowledge the court docket’s ruling, claiming that the trial had “obvious and inherent bias”. Its assertion acknowledged that the ruling would have “profound security, political, social and economic consequences in the region and beyond”, whereas urging Kenyans to stay calm.

Somalia filed the ICJ case throughout the international locations’ sea border in 2014 and contributed to their strained relations. The Hague tribunal famous that it “cannot ignore the context of the civil war” which destabilized Somalia for years and restricted its governmental capabilities. It additionally discovered “no convincing evidence that Somalia has accepted” Kenya’s demand for a sea border alongside a parallel latitude line.


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