(Xinhua) -- Kenya on Saturday night
recalled its ambassador to Somalia after Mogadishu auctioned oil
blocs in areas also claimed by Nairobi.
principal secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
said that Lucas Tumbo, Kenya’s ambassador to Somalia, has been
summoned to Nairobi for consultations after oil and gas blocks
in disputed territorial areas were auctioned to Britain.
He said Somalia "carelessly" ignored internationally accepted
norms of boundary disputes resolution as well as political and
Kamau also said Mogadishu has sadly demonstrated that it has
not yet attained and embraced political maturity and diplomatic
stance of a normal, well-adjusted and properly functioning
He described the move by Somalia to auction oil and gas
blocks in disputed territory as "tragic and regretful" and added
it has severely undermined the existing cordial and brotherly
relations between the two countries.
The Kenyan official said it is regrettable that despite
Kenya’s efforts to assist Somalia in regaining its footing after
years of civil war, it has chosen to act otherwise.
He said Kenya now plans to move to the International Court of
Justice (ICJ) to seek redress on the matter.
Somalia has so far not yet responded to Kenya’s move to
recall the ambassador.
Kenya and Somalia have been involved in a maritime border
dispute for years. Kenya claimed it has long considered the
maritime border to go along the parallel of latitude, whereas
Somalia wants it to continue along the line of its land border,
citing international sea laws.
The disputed triangular area off the coast of Africa in the
Indian Ocean covers some 100,000 square km.
The dispute was taken to the ICJ by Somalia in 2014.
Kenya has contested the jurisdiction of the court to hear the
case and to the admissibility of the suit on the basis of a 2009
agreement between the two countries that the dispute would be
resolved through negotiation.
The auction of oil blocs in disputed areas by Somalia
reportedly took place in London on Feb. 7.
Somalia denies auctioning
oil blocs in dispute areas with Kenya
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
The Somali government said it has not auctioned any oil blocks
in disputed maritime zones to external bidders as claimed by
Kenya, in a move to diffuse a diplomatic spate between the two
The foreign ministry said Mogadishu has no plans to do so
until the maritime dispute is decided by the International Court
of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague.
"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 ICJ," the ministry
said in a statement issued on Sunday evening.
The Somali government, in its measured response to Kenya,
also urged Nairobi not to undertake unilateral activities in
disputed area until the ICJ renders its judgment.
The statement comes after Kenya on Saturday recalled its
ambassador to Somalia, accusing Mogadishu of auctioning oil
blocs belonging to Nairobi.
Macharia Kamau, the Kenyan foreign affairs principal
secretary, summoned Lucas Tumbo, Kenya’s ambassador to Somalia,
for "urgent consultations" in Nairobi, after oil and gas blocks
in what were believed to be disputed territorial areas were
auctioned in London on Feb. 7.
"This unparalleled affront and illegal grab at the resources
of Kenya will not go unanswered and is tantamount to an act of
aggression against the people of Kenya and their resources,"
Kamau told journalists in Nairobi.
Kamau also described the move by Somalia to auction oil and
gas blocks in disputed territory as "tragic and regretful."
He said action taken by Somalia to sell the oil blocs has
severely undermined the existing cordial and brotherly
relations, and compromised half a century’s worth of dedication
and cooperation between the two countries.
Kamau also instructed the Somali Ambassador to Kenya Mohamed
Ahmed Nur to depart to Somalia for "consultation."
Somalia, however, said it regretted Kenya’s decision to
instruct her ambassador to depart Kenya without prior
"Somalia also wishes to reassure Kenya that when the ICJ does
render its judgment, Somalia will fully respect and comply
therewith," the ministry said.
The oil and gas blocks in the disputed area are estimated to
be 100,000 square km.
The case before the ICJ was filed in August 2014 by Somalia
after Mogadishu said it had exhausted all diplomatic
The case is still waiting for submissions by the two parties
to the dispute.
The ministry said Somalia is committed to "continuing to work
hard in close cooperation with its brothers and sisters in Kenya
to address pressing issues confronting both nations and the
Senior al-Shabab commander
killed in southwestern Somalia: military
MOGADISHU Somalia (Xinhua) --
Somali National Army (SNA) killed a senior al-Shabab
commander in an operation in Bakol region in southwestern
Somalia, officials said on Sunday.
Warsame Mahamed Diriye, commander of SNA section 60’s unit
nine, told journalists that they had killed a senior al-Shabab
leader in an operation conducted on Friday afternoon in the
vicinity of Shidle in the country’s southern region of Bakol.
"Our forces killed Aliyow Iman Ibrahim who was a prominent
operational commander of al-Shabab extremist in a routine
offensive in Bakol region.
A member of his staffs also injured in the operation," the
He added that one of his soldiers sustained injury during the
operation. Residents said they heard the sound of gun fire.
"Somali forces attacked al-Shabab militants in the town;
there was a huge gunfire in the area," Said Haji, a resident,
Somali forces backed by African Union Mission in Somalia
intensified operations on al-Shabab extremists in central and
southern Somalia, conducting consecutive offensives to drive the
militants out of these regions.
Al-Qaida affiliated group al-Shabab did not comment on the
Kenyan police question
Australian over rounds of ammunition
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan police said Saturday they are questioning
an Australian national after being found in possession of rounds
of ammunition at an apartment in Nairobi.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said they
received complaints about Benjamin Gsull from the public and
"Police had earlier received complaints of attempted
housebreaking and were carrying out investigations when they
discovered him in the footage," DCI said in a statement issued
"Upon searching his house (he stays in the same apartment)
rounds of ammunitions and other substances believed to be bhang
were found," DCI said.
The suspect is to be charged with being in possession of
ammunition and an unlicensed firearm without a certificate,
being in Kenya illegally after failing to register as a foreign
national, among other offences.