Somalia maritime border case baseless, ignorant of international law – Kenya’s Attorney general

While acknowledging that Kenya had formally received a memorandum over a case filed by Somalia at the International Court of Justice the East Africa nation attorney general Prof. Githu Muigai has termed the suit both baseless and wanting in international law on maritime issues.

According to Muigai Kenya will win the case filed by its horn of Africa neighbor earlier this week lacing in contention 100,000 sq kilometers (approx. 40,000 sq miles) of which Kenya has awarded exploration contracts to various international companies among them Eni, Andarko and Total.

Following the commencing of the suit Kenya will have twelve months to respond unless the country wishes to raise any preliminary issues to raise with the court.
Kenya has already made its submissions  in the case that would determine which country bears authority over minerals in seven blocks believed to hold huge potential for oil and gas already allocated by Kenya to various foreign companies.

Among the seven oil blocks already allocated by Kenya in the Indian Ocean include Blocks L5, L21, L22, L23, L24 and L26.

Author: OilNews

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