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Summary of Six Rulings Issued By ICJ of Kenya-Somali Border

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Tuesday, October 12, delivered a judgement on the Kenya-Somali border conflict that troubled the two nations for months.

In its judgement, the ICJ ruled that there is no maritime boundary border agreement that exists between Kenya and Somalia.

The ICJ further recommended a slight adjustment to the current borderline, a ruling that means Kenya has lost at least half of the territory it is claiming belongs to it.

Here are the summary of 6 rulings issued by ICJ:

THE COURT,

(1) Unanimously,

Finds that there is no agreed maritime boundary between the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Republic of Kenya that follows the parallel of latitude described in paragraph 35 above;

(2) Unanimously,

Decides that the starting-point of the single maritime boundary delimiting the respectivem aritime areas between the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Republic of Kenya is the the intersection of the straight line extending from the final permanent boundary beacon (PB 29) at right angles to the general direction of the coast with the low-water line, at the point with co-ordinates

1° 39' 44.0" S and 41° 33' 34.4" E (WGS 84);

(3) Unanimously,

Decides that, from the starting-point, the maritime boundary in the territorial sea follows the median line described at paragraph 117 above until it reaches the 12-nautical-mile limit at the pointeith co-ordinates 1° 47' 39.1" S and 41° 43' 46.8" E (WGS 84) (Point A);

(4) By ten votes to four,

Decides that, from the end of the boundary in the territorial sea (Point A), the single maritimeoundary delimiting the exclusive economic zone and the continental shelf up to 200 nautical miles between the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Republic of Kenya follows the geodetic line starting.

with azimuth 114° until it reaches the 200-nautical-mile limit measured from the baselines fromhich the breadth of the territorial sea of the Republic of Kenya is measured, at the point with co-ordinates 3° 4' 21.3" S and 44° 35' 30.7" E (WGS 84) (Point B);

IN FAVOUR: President Donoghue; Vice-President Gevorgian; Judges Tomka, Bennouna, Xue, Aebutinde, Robinson, Iwasawa, Nolte; Judge ad hoc Guillaume;

AGAINST: Judges Abraham, Yusuf, Bhandari, Salam;

(5) By nine votes to five,

Decides that, from Point B, the maritime boundary delimiting the continental shelf continues along the same geodetic line until it reaches the outer limits of the continental shelf or the area where the rights of third States may be affected;

IN FAVOUR: President Donoghue; Vice-President Gevorgian; Judges Tomka, Bennouna, Xue, Sebutinde, Iwasawa, Nolte; Judge ad hoc Guillaume;

AGAINST: Judges Abraham, Yusuf, Bhandari, Robinson, Salam;

(6) Unanimously,

Rejects the claim made by the Federal Republic of Somalia in its final submission number 4.

Done in English and in French, the English text being authoritative, at the Peace Palace,

The Hague, this twelfth day of October, two thousand and twenty-one, in three copies, one of which will be placed in the archives of the Court and the others transmitted to the Government of the Federal Republic of Somalia and the Government of the Republic of Kenya, respectively

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