The International Court of Justice has noted that there is no agreed maritime boundary between the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Republic of Kenya. Kenya, which claims the entire area off the East African coast, said last week that it would not recognize the jurisdiction of the Hague-based court.
Even thought the UN’s top court ruled there was “no agreed maritime boundary” and drew a new border close to the one claimed by Somalia, allowing Kenya to keep part of the 100,000 square-kilometre (38,000-square-mile) area, in a ruling delivered by chief judge Joan Donoghue said.
Somalia dragged Kenya to the ICJ in 2014 over the disputed patch of sea. Kenya’s maritime area is approximately 255,000km, which was determined through parallel of latitudes in 1979.
Somalia recognized Kenya’s claim to the EEZ for 35 years before heading to the Hague court citing failed talks to resolve the matter. Kenya has already warned that it will cede even a single inch of the terrority and vowed that it will recognize the outcome of the case,