FULL STATEMENT: Somalia Responds To Kenya's Threats And Allegations

FULL STATEMENT: Somalia Responds To Kenya's Threats And Allegations


FULL STATEMENT: Somalia Responds To Kenya's Threats And Allegations

The government of the Federal Republic of Somalia has responded to the allegations made by Kenya that it auctioned the oil fields located in the maritime territorial dispute area in London.
The allegations led to the expulsion of Somali's ambassador to Nairobi and the recalling of Kenya's ambassador to Mogadishu.
Here is the full statement released after a high voltage meeting held in Mogadishu and attended by both Somalia's president and prime minister.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation of the Federal Republic of Somalia (the “Government of Somalia”) presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya (the “Government of Kenya”) and has the honour to respond to the latter’s Note Verbale dated 8 February 2019 (MFA.REL.13/21) protesting certain maps depicting Somalia’s maritime zones that were presented at a recent Somalia Oil and Gas Conference held on February 7, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.
We note that the Government of Kenya has characterized these maps as “illegal”. The maps in question depict Somalia’s claimed maritime zones and are entirely consistent with Somalia's long-standing position, including its claim in the maritime delimitation case with Kenya currently before the International Court of Justice (iJ), This long-standing position reflects the Government of Somalia's duty to protect its sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity and unity.
In addition, the Government of Somalia regrets the recent statements made by the Government of Kenya alleging that the Government of Somalia is “proferring to bid” any blocks in Kenya’s potential maritime zones to external bidders, Somalia is not now offering, nor does it have any plans to offer, any blocks in the disputed maritime area until the Parties’ maritime boundary is decided by the IC). in this respect, the Government of Somalia wishes to reassure the Government of Kenya that it stands by its commitment not to undertake any unilateral activities in the disputed area until such time as the ICJ renders its judgment. Somalia also wishes to reassure Kenya that when the ICJ does render its judgment, Somalia will fully respect and comply therewith,
Finally, the Government of Somalia also regrets the Government of Kenya’s decision to instruct the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Somalia to depart Kenya without prior consultation with the Government of Somalia.

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