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Somalia given greenlight to respond in border case

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The court Monday announced that Somalia should respond to Kenya’s claim that the current flow of the border should remain intact.

Somalia sued Kenya in August 2014, saying the border between the two countries should extend diagonally into the sea.

The International Court of Justice has allowed Somalia to file a response to a case in which it has sued Kenya over a maritime border.

The court Monday announced that Somalia should respond to Kenya’s claim that the current flow of the border should remain intact by June 18,  after which Kenya will have another six months to respond.

“The court issued this decision taking into account the views of the parties and the circumstances of the case. The subsequent procedure has been reserved  for further decision,” said a statement from the court’s registry.

On February 2 this year, presiding judge Ronny Abraham accepted Kenya’s plea to file a second round of arguments, which Nairobi said would take longer to prepare. This means the two countries will have another opportunity to argue before the court.

Somalia sued Kenya in August 2014, saying the border between the two countries should extend diagonally into the sea, south of Kiunga and not eastwards as it is today. But Kenya has argued that this may also affect its sea border with Tanzania.