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Kenya vows to lodge protest at Security Council against its maritime dispute case with Somalia

THE HAGUE (SD) – Kenya vowed to turn to UN security council to compel International Court of Justice to address its concerns over maritime dispute case with Somalia.

The local media reported that Nairobi plans to use its influence in UN security council to pressure the court accept Kenya’s demands to remove of Abdulqawi Yusuf of Somalia from ICJ panel.

Kenya emphasised that she does not have confidence in Yusuf saying he should recuse himself.

Meanwhile Somalia concluded its two day of ICJ hearings on the disputed maritime case with Kenya.

The Horn of Africa nation accused Kenya of drilling oil well on Somalia’s side of equidistance line.

The lawyers representing Somalia urged the court to bar Kenya from continuing violations against Somalia’s rights.

Before closing the hearing, the judge said Kenya had written a letter to the ICJ, which is being debated. The judge said there could be a change in the court schedule.

On the other hand, Somalia lauded lawyers representing her at the court saying they had successfully completed the debate by presenting clear evidence of Somalia’s case’s legitimacy based on international principles and maritime law.

“I want to assure the Somali people that the government is united with you in defending the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Somalia, and I hope that the outcome will be a source of joy for all Somalis,” Somali Attorney General, Suileman Mohamed said.

The court was to conduct oral hearings of Kenya on Thursday between 3 PM and 6 PM and on Friday from 3 PM to 4:30 PM, but the East Africa nation had informed the court that it would participate in the process.

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