Kenya-Somalia sea-border dispute
Hearing over the Kenya-Somalia sea border dispute
as the International Court of Justice begun on
Monday despite Kenya’s absence.
The case started with oral arguments by
Somalia government’s legal team .
The International Court of Justice has said it
“regrets the decision of Kenya not to participate”, – Kenya-Somalia sea-border dispute
but ruled to continue the hearing
without the country’s involvement.
Somalia said Kenya’s decision not to participate in the ICJ
proceedings was “inconsistent with its obligations.. and rule of law.”
The bench also rejected Kenya’s request to address the
council before the start of the hearings.
Kenya had sought to address the court on
of the case that started in 2014.
Kenya accuses the ICJ of bias in the case,
which concerns a 62,000 sq. miles (160,000 sq. km)
triangle in the Indian Ocean.
Somalia brought the case in 2014, saying the maritime
frontier should follow on in the same direction as the
land border, while Kenya argues that it has always
been taken in a horizontal line from the point
where the two countries meet at the coast.