Has Kenya Annexed Somali Maritime Territory?

When the International Court of Justice postponed  the decision day on the maritime dispute between Somalia and Kenya, the former President of the Federal Government, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, expressed his view in a tweet.

President Mohamud seeks assurances from the Federal Government of Somalia to avoid repeating the mistake made by  the Transitional Federal Government under President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed.

In a statement for the public, the former president explained what his government had done to legally challenge Kenya’s maritime claims. President Mohamud used the Somalia word heshiis ( an agreement) in reference  to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Kenyan Government and the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia.

 ” Kenya registered the MOA as an agreement between Somalia and Kenya” he said. ” My government redrew the maritime map to reclaim [ maritime] territory annexed by Kenya.”

TFG President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed defended the MoU  his government signed with Kenya without proper consultations . The agreement was signed by the a Former TFG Minister, Abdirahman Abdishakur, who was a negotiator  for the Alliance for Reliberation of Somalia, then based in Eritrea. Mr Abdirahman s wonders why he gets singled out as the only person behind the MoU when he was a e member of a government   with a President, Prime Minister and a Parliamentary Speaker.

© Puntland Post Monthly, 2019

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