Kenyan president opposes ICJ maritime dispute ruling, says dialogue can resolve the matter

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has opposed the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the maritime dispute which largely ruled in favor of Somalia, setting a sea boundary in part of the Indian Ocean believed to be rich in oil and gas.

Uhuru Kenyatta has warned that the ICJ’s decision to give much of its disputed territory to Somalia will damage relations between the two countries.

The Kenyan president has completely rejected the ruling by the court on the alleged blockade of gas and diesel, saying it would lead to major economic and political crisis and jeopardize security in the Horn of Africa region.

He reiterated his call that only dialogue can end the dispute between the two nations.