UK roots for mediation in Kenya-Somali Maritime dispute

The UK is now pushing for mediation between Kenya and Somalia over the maritime dispute.

Through it’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Jane Marriot, Britain said it would like to see Kenya and Somalia resolve the maritime border dispute amicably.

Marriott said dialogue remains key to solving the maritime dispute between the two nations.

She spoke on Tuesday when she met Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen home.

Marriott said it was remarkable that President Uhuru Kenyatta met with his Somalia counterpart Mohammed Farmaajo on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York last week to explore ways of resolving the problem.

“Dialogue between Kenya and Somalia on how to solve the maritime dispute is important. This is why the step taken by President Kenyatta to meet with his Somalia counterpart during the United Nations General Assembly was impressive,” she said.

Last week after a meeting between Uhuru and Farmaajo, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that he had brokered a deal between the two countries.

In their first face-to-face meeting since March, Presidents Kenyatta and Farmaajo gave signals that a deal could be in the offing with the formation of a “Kenyan-Somali Committee.”

The committee is to “work immediately on adopting measures for restoring confidence and resolving all problems so as to normalise bilateral relations” according to a statement posted on Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) website.

However, shortly after the meeting, Farmaajo’s spokesman Abdinur Mohamed pointed out that the case Somalia has lodged at International Court of Justice will proceed to its logical end.