Talk Africa: Kenya-Somalia maritime border dispute

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Years of a maritime border dispute between Kenya and Somalia culminated in a ruling this October by the International Court of Justice at The Hague. The 100-Square Kilometers patch of ocean in question is believed to be rich in off shore oil and gas; which both countries claim sovereign rights to; for exploration and economic gains.

The case between Kenya and Somalia has put a renewed spotlight on the delimitation of maritime boundaries in Africa and now questions are bound on whether a grey area exists in the definition of international maritime boundaries. The ICJ’s ruling mostly gave Somalia control of the contested area, however Nairobi has rejected the court’s judgement. So now, what are the ramifications of the ICJ’s ruling? And with no means of enforcement; what happens next?

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