(MENAFN- SomTribune) The International Court of Justice sided with Somalia in setting a maritime boundary with Kenya in a highly anticipated ruling on Thursday.
The new boundary drawn by the International Court of Justice mostly followed a line proposed by Somalia, attributing to it several offshore oil blocks claimed by Kenya.
According to some analysts, Kenya lost close to 44 percent of what it had intended to gain after this ruling
The court found that Kenya which did secure some territory beyond the Somalia proposal had failed to prove there was an established sea boundary between the states, which would have given it a greater portion of the disputed territory.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has rejected a ruling by the UN’s top court which allows Somalia to take control of most of a potential oil and gas-rich chunk of the Indian Ocean.
“While Kenya is not surprised by the decision, it is profoundly concerned by the import of the decision and its implications for the Horn of Africa region, and international law generally. At the very onset, Kenya wishes to indicate that it rejects in totality and does not recognise the findings in the decision,” President Kenyatta said.
Somalia’s president said in a speech that the ICJ’s ruling on the border dispute with Kenya is an opportunity for the two countries to collaborate.
President Farmajo spoke after the ICJ ruled in favour of Somalia handing it control over a potentially rich area of the Indian Ocean.
“Kenya should instead see the decision of the court as an opportunity to strengthen the relationship of our two countries and the collaboration of their neighbouring people. Somalia did not choose to be a neighbour with Kenya, but it was the will of the almighty God so that we are forced to live as peaceful neighbours. Somalia was committed to that forever and welcomes it now”, said President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmajo.