ICJ: Somalia institute maritime delimitation dispute against Kenya

The Federal Republic of Somalia has instituted proceedings against the Republic of Kenya before the International Court of Justice with regard to “a dispute concerning maritime delimitation in the Indian Ocean”. (Somalia Application).

In its Application, which is accompanied by three sketch-maps, Somalia contends that both States “disagree about the location of the maritime boundary in the area where their maritime entitlements overlap”, and asserts that “[d]iplomatic negotiations, in which their respective views have been fully exchanged, have failed to resolve this disagreement”. (ICJ Press Release).

The Somali Government requested the ICJ to establish a single maritime boundary between Somalia and Kenya in the Indian Ocean delimiting the territorial sea, exclusive economic zone, and continental shelf, including the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles. (Somalia Ministry Foreign Affairs Press Release).


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