Somalia and Kenya have once again been summoned to the International Court of Justice at The Hague following Kenya’s latest application to have the Indian Ocean maritime dispute postponed once again, showing reluctance to pursue the matter at The Hague based court.
It has now emerged that Kenya wants the ICJ to postpone the hearing of the matter to 2020 after Kenya’s legal team failed to come by any evidence ahead of the hearing of the case in November.
The ICJ had scheduled November 6th to 8th for submission from both Kenya and Somalia over the maritime dispute.
“The International Court of Justice summoned Somalia and Kenya over the maritime case. It comes after Nairobi filed a new request to have the hearing postponed again until Sept 2020, drawing strong rejection from Somalia which insisted it should take place as planned, 4 Nov 2019,” reports indicated.
Speaking at the Hague, Somalia’s deputy Prime minister, Khadar Gulaid reiterates the government’s position that hearing on maritime dispute starts Nov 4 as scheduled following Kenya’s new request to have it postponed 12 months more.
Kenya has been occupying a Somali region [Northern Frontier District] since its independence. It is believed Kenya wants to escalate differences further to squeeze some sort of concessions from Somalia.
A Somali diplomat who spoke to Somali Info on a condition of anonymity accused Kenya of delaying the verdict, as Somalia goes to polls in 2020 on the hope of getting a new weaker administration to enter with negotiations.