The United Nations’ top court has handed Somalia sovereignty of the majority of a potential oil- and gas-rich section of the Indian Ocean to Somalia.
International Court of Justice (ICJ) chief judge Joan Donoghue said on Tuesday that the court ruled that there was “no agreed maritime boundary” and drew a new border close to the one claimed by Somalia.
The case included a 38,000-square-mile (100,000-square-kilometer) triangle in the Indian Ocean that is believed to be oil and gas-rich.
The court dismissed Kenya’s claim to the maritime boundary it wanted, which noted that Kenya had not consistently maintained it.
“I am grateful to Allah Almighty who has made us reach this historic victory and the results of the long struggle of the people and the government of Somalia to confirm the legal case against the desire of the Kenyan leadership to claim part of the Somali sea,” Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo said in a Facebook post.
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