In Summary
  • The court Monday announced that Somalia should respond to Kenya’s claim that the current flow of the border should remain intact.

  • Somalia sued Kenya in August 2014, saying the border between the two countries should extend diagonally into the sea.

  • The area in contest is about 100,000 square kilometres, forming a triangle east of the Kenyan coast.

The International Court of Justice has allowed Somalia to file a response to a case in which it has sued Kenya over a maritime border.

The move kick-starts a fresh round of arguments, which could determine the final flow of the border.

The court Monday announced that Somalia should respond to Kenya’s claim that the current flow of the border should remain intact by June  18,  after which Kenya will have another six months to poke holes in the response.

“The court issued this decision taking into account the views of the parties and the circumstances of the case. The subsequent procedure has been reserved  for further decision,” said a statement from the court’s registry.

KENYA'S PLEA

On February 2 this year, presiding judge Ronny Abraham accepted Kenya’s plea to file a second round of arguments, which Nairobi said would take longer to prepare. This means the two countries will have another opportunity to argue before the court.

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