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Kenya seeks to negotiate with Somalia over maritime row

MOGADISHU – Kenya is seeking to open new talks with its neighboring state of Somalia to end the diplomatic row between Nairobi and Mogadishu.

The fresh talks were also aimed at ending the maritime conflict between the two neighboring nations, according to Kenyan media outlets.

Kenya’s government spokesman Col (Rtd) Cyrus Oguna said Nairobi would do its best efforts to solve the long-standing dispute.

Oguna says Kenya would file a complaint with the Norwegian and British governments, whom it accuses of fuelling the conflict.

Last month, the diplomatic relation between Somalia and Kenya strained after Nairobi blocked a flight from Mogadishu with government officials and being denied entry in the capital of Nairobi.

Kenya also recently accused Somalia of deliberately misleading the world as it alleged Somalia to have auctioned oil and gas blocks in Kenya, calling Somalia’s actions as an ‘act of aggression”.

But, Kenya’s expectations and miscalculation were met with cool after Somalia clearly indicated that it has no plans to offer any blocks in the disputed maritime area until the parties’ maritime boundary is decided by the ICJ.

Kenyan’s open war with Somalia started in 2011 when it decided unilaterally to send its troops to Somalia without consulting with the TFG of Somalia.

Kenyan elites have openly advocated Kenya to annex part of Somalia, citing failure by the Somali people to rule themselves.

Nairobi also announced that it is considering establishing diplomatic ties with Somaliland, a self-declared state, internationally considered to be an autonomous region of Somalia.

Kenya remains unsatisfied with the Somali response and continues to pursue an aggressive campaign undermining Somalia’s sovereignty.


Abdi Aziz Hassan Ibrahim is , a somali veteran journalist based in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Twitter @mareegonline