Kenya: Regime rejects UN jurisdiction ahead of Somalia border ruling

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Kenya has said it rejected the jurisdiction of the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) ahead of a ruling next week on its long-running maritime border dispute with Somalia. The Horn of Africa neighbours have been feuding for years over a stretch of the Indian Ocean claimed by both nations and believed to hold deposits of oil and gas. ‘In addition to withdrawing its participation from the current case, Kenya … also joined many other members of the United Nations in withdrawing its recognition of the court’s compulsory jurisdiction,’ the foreign ministry said on Friday. … The two countries agreed in 2009 to settle their dispute through bilateral negotiations. … Somalia took the matter to court in 2014 after saying diplomatic attempts to resolve the disagreement had led nowhere.” (10/08/21)