Why government risks losing maritime dispute with Somalia

Ownership of potential oil and gas reserves at stake, with decision potentially impacting maritime security in region.

By Nzau Musau

Kenya is likely to lose maritime dispute claims against Somalia in the long run if past determinations of International Court of Justice (ICJ) are anything to go by, a maritime law expert has cautioned.

Prof Musili Wambua, who is one of Kenya’s foremost maritime law experts says the method adopted by Kenya to claim the maritime border — parallel of latitude — is likely to be dropped in favour of the one preferred by Somalia – equidistant line.

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Source: standardmedia.co.ke

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