Following Somalia’s suit against Kenya at the highest UN court, Attorney General Githu Muigai has selected a team of local and international maritime lawyers to represent Kenya over the long oil tussle in the Indian Ocean.
The team is to have the first meeting at International Court of Justice by the end of this month. In the legal case, Somalia wants the International Court of Justice in The Hague to determine the maritime boundary between the coastal nations on rights for exploration and revenue collection from oil discoveries.
In June 2014, a preliminary prospectus read, “Kenya and Somalia are in discussion with regards to their respective submissions to the UN Commission on the Limits Continental Shelf.”
Later in 2009, Kenya and Somalia signed a memorandum of understanding that the border would run east along the line of latitude, but Somalia, which has lacked an effective central government since 1991, then rejected the agreement in parliament.
The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea states that all countries that border the ocean are allowed to use the 200 nautical miles into the ocean for exclusive economic purposes without interference from other countries.
Source: Business Daily