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Somalia threatens Intl law suit against Kenya

from BBC
president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud

(elbcradio.com/July 13, 2015)-The Somali Government says it will submit its dispute with Kenya over their sea border to the International Court of Justice.

The disputed ocean territory stretches more than one hundred thousand square kilometers. According to the BBC, tests have shown potential reserves of gas in the area.

The dispute has been going on for the last six years, keeping investors away, because of a lack of legal clarity over who owns the potential off-shore oil and gas reserves.

The BBC says Somalia wants the maritime border continue along the line of the land border to the south-east, while Kenya wants the sea border go in a straight line east.

Somalia's Attorney General, Ahmed Ali, told the BBC his government would present a 150-page document arguing its case at the ICJ.

But Kenya's Attorney General Githu Muigai said Somalia had no right to claim what is Kenya's territorial water.
The ICJ is the UN's top judicial body, based in The Hague.

 


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