THE HAGUE, 11 February 2021 – The Somali government wants no more delays in the hearing of a maritime dispute case it brought against the Kenyan government at The Hague.

“Justice delayed is justice denied,” a spokesperson for the Somali government, Osman Dubbe, wrote in a tweet.

Mogadishu is demanding a start to the case after Nairobi requested another postponement – the fourth such request – since the matter was first tabled before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague in 2014..

Kenya Somalia Maritime Dispute - YouTube ScreenShot

Kenya-Somalia Maritime Dispute – YouTube

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Somalia and Kenya dispute sovereignty over an oil and gas-rich 100,000 square kilometer triangle in the Indian Ocean.

Osman Dubbe said legal teams representing both governments should meet at The Hague next month “come what may”.

Both sides were supposed to come before the ICJ between March 15 and March 19.

The case, which demands an advisory opinion of the ICJ, was last postponed in May 2020 on account of COVID-19 complications.

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