Somalia-Kenya maritime row fuelled by 'business interests'

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma addresses the media outside her office on May 21, 2019. PHOTO | FRANCIS NDERITU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • In London on Thursday, Dr Juma said foreign entities interested in oil and natural gas are taking advantage of Somalia’s weaknesses, a circumstance she warned could force the region off focus in the fight against terror and sea piracy.
  • The top Kenyan diplomat told a gathering of defence policy experts that the dispute, now the subject of a case at the International Court of Justice, has been influenced by foreign commercial bodies she didn’t name.
  • Somalia sued Kenya at the ICJ, demanding to redraw the current sea boundary so that it runs diagonal, extending from the land border, as opposed to eastwards south of Kiunga.
  • The hearing is set for September 9, according to a schedule released early this week by the ICJ.

Kenya and Somalia's maritime boundary case is an unfortunate dispute fuelled by “commercial interests” which could break down security cooperation, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma has said.

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