While noting that the Kenya/Somalia dispute and its decision thereof rests with the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the diplomatic decisions to the solution rests in the leaderships of both Kenya and Somalia.

Noteworthy is that the legal processes are actions of the last resort if any other pacific means of settlements of dispute by the parties involved is untenable. As a final resort to pacific settlement of the dispute, Kenya invited Somalia to enter into “provisional arrangements of a practical nature” pending the agreement on maritime boundary on May 25, 2016. This however did not mature into a negotiated agreement.

Later in February 2, 2017, judgement by the ICJ found that “it had jurisdiction to entertain the application as filed by Somalia on 28 August 2014 and that the application was admissible”. There is no recourse to this at this point.


Published by Joel Okwemba

Budding intellectual and practitioner of diplomacy focused on enhancing the peace and security agenda through a multi-sectoral approach and research. Managing Director of the Centre for International and Security Affairs.

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