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Somalia rejects AU commission invitation on ICJ

Somalia has rejected the Commission of the African Union invitation to a briefing on the maritime row with Kenya.

In a statement dated August 21, the Somalia Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it is inappropriate to accept the invitation while the matter is pending before Hague based International Court of Justice.

Mogadishu expressed confidence in the International Court of Justice ability to deliver a fair ruling.

The Federal government of Somalia faulted Kenyan MPs led by the majority leader, Aden Duale for pushing to deploy its military at the disputed maritime border.

Kenya has been pushing to have the matter solved through political negotiations rather than through the court but Somalia has turned down out of court settlement.

The ICJ is set to hear the dispute between September 9-13 in The Hague, Netherlands.

According to the court, the first round of hearings will take place on September 9, when Somalia will make its submissions, while Kenya will respond on September 11.

Somalia will go first in the second round of oral arguments on Thursday, September 12, while Kenya will give its closing submissions on Friday, September 13.

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