Turkey tries to mediate Somalia-Kenya maritime dispute

Turkish government has reportedly decided to mediate Somalia-Kenya maritime border dispute, sources confirmed.

The sources who spoke to Africa Intelligence site said Turkey which is an strategic ally to both Kenya and Somalia had dispatched mediators on Kenya-Somalia maritime dispute. Turkey reportedly prefers a resolution outside the courts.

Since 2014 when Somalia took the case to ICJ, Kenya has been trying to convince Somalia to settle the issue out of court, as it attempted before in 2019.

The dispute between the two neighboring countries is rooted in a disagreement over which direction the two countries’ border extends into the Indian Ocean.

Mogadishu argues that the maritime boundary should continue on in the same direction as the land border’s southeasterly path.

Nairobi, on its part, insists that the border should take a roughly 45-degree turn at the shoreline and run in a latitudinal line, giving Nairobi access to a larger chunk of the sea.

In August 2014, Somalia had approached the Court, requesting it to determine, on the basis of international law, the complete course of the single maritime boundary dividing all the maritime areas appertaining to Somalia and to Kenya in the Indian Ocean, including the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles.

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