Kenya wants talks over border row with Somalia

Wangui Githugo @Wango_G

Kenya wants a negotiated solution to the maritime boundary dispute with neighbouring Somalia, Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai said yesterday. He also denied that Kenya has violated the maritime boundary established and agreed on by both parties in 1979.

In a statement to the newsroom yesterday, the AG said Kenya has already filed her response to the maritime boundary dispute filed by Somalia at the International Court of Justice at The Hague, Netherlands on August 28, 2014.

He said Kenya has respected the boundary and conducted her activities including navy patrols, fisheries practice, marine and scientific research and oil exploration within its territorial waters.

The case on the delimitation of the maritime boundary between Kenya and Somalia in the Indian Ocean, has been filed by Somalia. But Kenya has denied any maritime boundary row alleged by her neighbour saying the maritime boundary with Somalia is along a parallel of latitude as first claimed in the Presidential Proclamation of 1979. This maritime boundary was revised for greater accuracy in a second Presidential Proclamation in 2005.

In 2009, in its submission to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, Kenya extended its claim beyond 200 nautical miles to the outer limits of its continental shelf.

“Somalia has for more than 35 years recognised and respected the maritime boundary along a parallel of latitude. It was only in 2014, shortly before filing its case with the court, that Somalia claimed a maritime boundary, ignoring the more than 35 years practice. Somalia admits these facts but does not recognise their legal effect,” said Githu.

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