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PM Roble wishes Somalia’s team in Hague success ahead of ICJ decision

MOGADISHU (SD) – Prime minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has wished the Somali government’s delegation led by Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister Mahdi Khadar Guleid who arrived in The Hague last Saturday where the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will announce its verdict on the maritime dispute between Somalia and Kenya, on 12 October.

In a statement, the office said Roble and the delegation held a virtual meeting to discuss the way forward as ICJ’s ruling next week on its long-running dispute.

Roble told the team to count on the support of the nation the Somali people success in the much-anticipated ruling on the maritime case pitting Somalia against Kenya that has taken a 7-year course to be decided on.

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.

Kenya in March said it would snub hearings after the Hague-based court refused to allow further delays in the case. The final ruling is due to be delivered on Tuesday.

Somalia, which lies northeast of Kenya, wants to extend its maritime frontier with Kenya along the line of the land border, in a south-easterly direction.

Kenya wants the border to head out to sea in a straight-line east, giving it more territory. The disputed triangle of water stretches over an area of more than 100,000 square kilometers (40,000 square miles).

The court verdict is final and not subject to appeal.

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