9th February 2016, Kenya-Somalia maritime dispute is on with Somalia rejecting Kenya’s bid for an out of court settlement currently at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague.
The International Court of Justice heard the 1st hearing of the maritime border dispute between Kenya and Somalia on 19th September 2015.
Somalia which hired international lawyers to defend it case alleges it is defending its legal border against Kenya.
Republic of Kenya on the other hand is represented by Attorney General Githu Muigai together with international lawyers.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has previously tried to reach out to his Somali counterpart, President Mohamud Hassan Sheikh over the same matter but the meeting did not make any headway.
On Friday 5th February 2016, Somalia Attorney General Ahmed Dahir submitted documents saying his government will only “seek justice” at the court thus ruling out possibility of engaging in a dialogue with Kenya.
Somalia had been given time to explain why the case should proceed to the International backed court at The Hague.
This latest move paves the way for a gruesome internal legal battle will test the diplomatic bond between the two friendly nations.
In October 2015, Kenya submitted a request seeking an out-of-court bilateral agreement but Somalia has vehemently opposed the request.
Kenya wants the border to run along the Indian Ocean latitudes.