Cautioning that the "rigid court procedure" will be blind to sensitive political and cultural issues, Kenya had advised that the case could distract countries from cooperating on key security issues, as well as potentially reopening boundary debates between countries on the East African coast. Kenya and Somalia are in the midst of a legal battle for a prime piece of the Indian Ocean, after years of "verbal confrontations and diplomatic arm twisting".
Commercial, geopolitical and internal players behind Kenya-Somalia standoff.
VOA, 4 September 2019
The Kenyan government is seeking to postpone a hearing on a maritime dispute with Somalia, according to a diplomatic source. Read more »
Nation, 3 September 2019
Kenya said Tuesday that it wamts the International Court of Justice to delay the public hearing of the Somali maritime dispute to allow for recruitment of a new defence team. Read more »
East Africa: Kenya-Somalia Cold War Continues Amid Security Risks
East African, 2 September 2019
Varying interests and pressure from outsiders are continually pushing Kenya and Somalia apart, with the two neighbours increasingly taking divergent positions on crucial issues… Read more »
Dalsan Radio, 24 August 2019
Somalia has rejected the Commission of the African Union invitation to a briefing on the maritime row with Kenya. Read more »
The maritime border dispute with Kenya now under arbitration at the International Court of Justice is likely to get murkier as details emerge that Somalia has scheduled to auction ... Read more »
In a case before the International Court of Justice, Somalia argues that the maritime boundary should be an extension of the land border running south-east into the ocean while ... Read more »
The International Court of Justice has requested that the briefing be held in camera because of the sensitivity of the issue that has strained diplomatic relations between the two ... Read more »