Kenya provides facts on Somalia maritime dispute to UN, African councils

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Friday 1st March 2019 08:12:19 in English News by Xafiiska Hargeysa
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    Kenya provides facts on Somalia maritime dispute to UN, African councils

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has drawn the attention of United Nation and African Union Security Councils

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has drawn the attention of United Nation and African Union Security Councils

to the unfolding maritime border dispute between Kenya and Somalia.

MFA Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma told Capital FM News on Wednesday her ministry had briefed ambassadors of nations with membership at the United Nations Security Council and the African Union Peace and Security Council in a bid to provide clarity on the matter.

"We briefed them on the situation between ourselves and Somalia, provided the facts to both councils and to draw their attention to the situation,” she said.




Among foreign envoys who attended the meeting with top officials of the Foreign Ministry last Friday included Britain’s Nic Hailey and France’s Aline Kuster-Menager.

Ababu Namwamba, the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Foreign Ministry had said Kenya’s territorial integrity was non-negotiable adding the envoys were assured the country’s "unimpeachable pedigree as epitome of good neighbourliness.”

CS Juma however said on Wednesday the ministry was open to negotiation to find an amicable solution to the maritime dispute that recently sparked a diplomatic tiff between Kenya and Somalia.





Kenya dramatically summoned its diplomat in Mogadishu on February 16 after Somalia allegedly auctioned oil and gas blocks located in a 62,000 square miles triangle subject to a boundary delimitation case lodged at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on August 28, 2014.

The contested area has four of the 24 oil blocks that have traditionally been under Kenya’s Exclusive Economic Zone until Somalia’s legal challenge in 2014.

"We are committed to resolving any disputes in a negotiated manner and we’re hopefully that we’ll find the solution to the problem between ourselves and our brothers next door because our destinies are interlinked,” CS Juma said.

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