Somalia Asks UN Court to Set Maritime Boundary

Published: August 28, 2014

Somali waters1Somalia has asked the United Nations’ highest court to determine the maritime boundary it shares in the Indian Ocean with east African neighbor Kenya.

Somalia filed the case Thursday with the International Court of Justice, contending that both countries recognize its jurisdiction to settle the disputed border.

Somalia’s application to the court says the two countries “disagree about the location of the maritime boundary in the area where their maritime entitlements overlap” and says diplomatic efforts have failed to broker an agreement.

Rulings by the Hague-based court, the U.N.’s highest judicial organ, are final and binding.


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