ICJ rules in favor of Somalia in Maritime border spat with Kenya

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The Int’l Court of Justice (ICJ) on Tuesday ruled in favor of Somalia in its dispute with Kenya after legal fight over oil and gas rich in the Indian Ocean.

The court ruled that there was no agreed maritime boundary and drew a new border close to the one claimed by Somalia, although Kenya kept 100, 000 square km area, Chief Judge Joan Donoghue said.

Kenya said last week it would honor the court’s verdict, saying it is a product of flawed process and accused the court of being biased.

The court’s binding decision which gives both countries no option to appeal, could further escalate the diplomatic row between Somalia and Kenya.

Somalia took Kenya to the Int’l Court of Justice in 2014 over disputed maritime boundary after Kenyan government rebuffed Somali authorities demands ending the row through talks.

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