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Revealed: Here is What Kenya Will Lose to Somalia Following the Maritime Border Dispute Ruling

Following the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) judgment on the maritime border dispute between Kenya and Somalia, the Republic of Kenya will lose a very rich maritime section of the Indian Ocean. This section of the ocean holds natural gas deposits and oil deposits. If the ruling by ICJ will be enforced, it will be a major loss for Kenya. 

Following the ruling by the International Court of Justice, Kenya has suffered a major blow on its multi-billion-shilling maritime economy. The court transferred oil Block L-21 to Somalia and also transferred 280 kilometres of the Indian Ocean to the Republic of Somalia. This is a big loss for Kenya. Kenya has been left with a straight narrow corridor of 75 km which is at 350 nautical miles.

Additionally Somalia will also take over 31,000-square kilometres of the Indian Ocean space which will see a huge reduction of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EZZ) that belongs to Kenya. The zone will be reduced to 121,000-square kilometres.  

Kenya will also lose the outer continental shelf which will be reduced to 41,000-square kilometres after the International Court of Justice transfered 61,000-square kilometres of the outer continental shelf to the Kenya's neighbors who seems ambitious to expand its boundaries.

According to details, Kenya will have a very narrow and limited access to the Indian Ocean. More details cites that, apart from the lost maritime resources, it is a threat to the Kenya's security since it will have limited surveillance at the ocean. 

More details have revealed that apart from what the court transferred from Kenya to its neighbor, Somalia also wanted the court to rule out that it fully owns six oil blocks which are names as Blocks L 5, Block L 21, Block L 22, Block L 23, Block L 24 and Block L 25. However, this will be determined by new coordinates that the court came up with.

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