A Dispute Concerning Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean

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The Claimed Lines by Somalia and Kenya

Source: Koome Kimonye, Citizen Digital,. “ Kenya challenges Somalia’s case on Indian Ocean boundary”, 7 October 2015. Available at: https://citizentv.co.ke/news/kenya-challenges-somalias-case-on-indian-ocean-boundaries-102623/

On 28 August 2014, the Federal Republic of Somalia initiated a legal proceeding against the Republic of Kenya before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning maritime delimitation in the Indian Ocean. Somalia requested the Court “to determine, on the basis of international law, the complete course of the single maritime boundary diving all the maritime areas appertaining to Somalia and to Kenya in the Indian Ocean, including the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles.”

Furthermore, Somalia asked the Court to precisely determine the geographical co-ordinates of the single maritime boundary between the parties. Somalia raised Articles 15, 74, and 83 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) for supporting its claims in the territorial sea, exclusive economic zone, and continental shelf respectively. On the other hand, as ascertained by Somalia, Kenya’s position on the maritime boundary is a straight line from the parties’ land boundary terminus, and extending due east along the parallel of latitude on which the land boundary terminus sits, through the full extent of the territorial sea and other maritime zones. Download:PDF

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