Kenya calls for demarcation of maritime border with Somalia
Government of Kenya has requested for a new internationally supervised demarcation of maritime border with Somalia. Speaking during a meeting with officials from UN Convention on the Law of the Sea UNCLCS in Nairobi, attorney general has urged officials to speed up the demarcation of the disputed maritime border with neighbouring Somalia. Professor Githu Muigai has urged UNCLCS to end the dispute so that his country could proceed with the extraction of natural gas and oil along disputed coastal line in the Indian Ocean. “We are calling upon UNCLCS committee to establish the area between Kenyan water borders and the international waters so as we can start extracting minerals,” he said. Kenya’s attorney general comments come as the international court of justice (ICJ) is expected to hear case submitted by the Federal Government of Somalia on September. Somali government submitted complaint to ICJ on August 2014 against Kenya on violating its international territorial waters. Attempt by Nairobi to solve the case in an out of court settlement was turned down by Mogadishu. The disputed area between the two countries is 10,000 square kilometre along the Indian Ocean.