Kenya-Somalia Maritime Dispute Hearings in ICJ to Start September

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June 15, 2016, It is official the Kenya and Somalia will be heading to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to iron out the maritime dispute of the Indian Ocean.

The legal battle is set to begin in September with Somalia calling for the ocean boundaries to be redrawn.

The disputed area is considered to be rich in oil deposits and fish stocks.

In a press release, the court said preliminary objections raised by Kenya will be presented during the four-day hearing set for September 19-23 at the Peace Palace in The Hague.

Somalia declined Kenya’s plea for out of court settlement. Kenya’s AG has warned the direction the case has taken could jeopardize Kenya-Somalia relations.

Kenya has contributed it troops in Somalia (under AMISOM) to help the country in fighting Al-Shabaab that has been destabilizing peace and stability of Somalia for many years.

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