MOGADISHU (Xinhua) --
Dozens of Mogadishu residents on Wednesday held
demonstrations in Mogadishu streets in support of
Somalia’s ongoing maritime case at the International
Court of Justice in The Hague.
Residents said the demonstrations organized by the local
government aim at building solidarity with the country’s
legal team in The Hague. The protesters carried banners
with messages supporting Somalia and denouncing Kenya’s
Kenya and Somalia are currently presenting their oral
submissions at the UN court following a petition by
Kenya challenging the jurisdiction of the Court.
“We will not give up an inch of our sea and we will
stick to our rights,” Mogadishu mayor Yusuf Hussein
Jima’ale told the crowds.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud said on Monday that his
country was determined to win the case, noting that his
country had resolved to seek the court’s intervention
after failure to reach a solution with Kenya.
“We are confident this case will work for us. Somali
government is determined to get back the right of
our territorial water,” President Mohamud said.
Mogadishu has sued Nairobi, asking the court to
determine the line of sea boundary between the two
countries, and argues diplomatic negotiations had failed
to resolve the matter.
Kenya’s Attorney-General Professor Githu Muigai had told
the court on Monday that it had no jurisdiction to hear
the case because both countries had signed an agreement
to resolve the matter through negotiations.