NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is keen on a peaceful resolution with
Somalia on the maritime border dispute, a senior government
official said on Thursday.
Monica Juma, cabinet
secretary for foreign affairs, told journalists in Nairobi that
Kenya is still awaiting a response from Somalia on the demand
that Somalia respects its territory following Mogadishu’s
decision to auction oil and gas blocks also claimed by Nairobi.
"It is our hope that we will resolve the dispute within the
confines of the law," Juma said.
Kenya says that Somalia auctioned the oil blocks in the
disputed areas on Feb. 7 in Britain.
In 2014, Somalia took the maritime border dispute to the
International Court of Justice in The Hague and the case is
Juma said that Kenya has made the highest investment per
capita in the world for the restoration of peace in Somalia and
is therefore shocked at Somalia’s actions.
"We underwrote the Somalia peace process and also brought
support to bear so that the Somalia’s reconstruction can be fast
tracked through the help of the international community," she
The Somali government said on Monday that it had 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 neighbors.
Mogadishu has no plans to do so until the maritime dispute is
decided by the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the
foreign ministry said.
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