Somali President urged Kenya to “respect the international rule of law” after the United Nations Supreme Court handed Mogadishu control of most of a potentially oil and gas-rich part of the Indian Ocean on Tuesday following a bitter dispute with Nairobi
In the judgment of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), based in The Hague, Kenya received only a small part of the disputed stretch of sea off the East African coast.
In a televised address after In the verdict, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed of Somalia, widely known as Farmajo, said Nairobi should “see the court’s decision as an opportunity to strengthen ties between the two countries”.
But Kenya refuses to do so Recognize the authority of the “biased” court and all eyes will be on what Nairobi does next in one of the world’s most troubled regions.
Somalia brought Kenya to court in 2014 after years of efforts to resolve a dispute over the 100,000 square kilometer area, but failed.
“Since the day I was elected, we have been under the Kenyan leadership political, diplomatic, security and economic pressure, “said Farmajo.
” The judgment was a fair indication of the transparency of the International Court of Justice. “
Judges unanimously ruled that” none agreed maritime border “was in force and moved a new border close to that claimed by Somalia.
The ICJ’s judgment is final and cannot be appealed, but the court, after World War II, was set up to move Governing disputes between UN states has no way of enforcing its decisions.
However, states can turn to the UN Security Council if another country does not obey a judgment.
< p> Nairobi says it has exercised sovereignty over the area since 1979.
The disputed area is said to contain rich gas and oil reserves and also has important fishing rights. Nairobi has already granted exploration permits to the Italian energy giant ENI, but Somalia is denying the move.