Somalia denies to offer oil blocks to external bidder, reacts Kenya’s decision

MOGADISHU – Somalia says it is not offering and has no plans to offer any blocks disputed maritime areas to external bidders until International Court of Justice renders its judgment.

In a statement by Somali Foreign Ministry has assured Kenya not to undertake unilateral activities in disputed area, while reacting Kenya’s decision which ordered Mohamed Ahmed Nour, Somali Ambassador to Kenya to leave from Nairobi.

Somalia’s reaction comes a day after Kenya accused Somalia of auctioning its oil and gas blocks near border along Somalia, and ordered Somali ambassador to leave from Kenya while recalled its own envoy to Somalia.

“Kenya has characterized these maps as “illegal””, said in a statement seen by Mareeg Online.

The maps in question depict Somalia’s claimed maritime zones and are entirely consistent with Somalia’s long-standing position, including its claim in the maritime delimitation case with Kenya currently before the international Court of Justice (ICJ), said in the statement.

Disputed Maritime zone by Somalia and Kenya

The statement reads that the long-standing position reflects the government of Somalia’s duty to protect its sovereignty, political independence, territorial integrity and unity.

Somalia regrets the recent statements made by Kenya which accused Somalia of bidding oil blocks in Kenya’s potential maritime zones to external bidders.

“Somalia is not now offering, nor does it have any plans to offer, any blocks in the disputed maritime area until the Parties’ maritime boundary is decided by the IU”, the statement said.

Somalia also wishes to reassure Kenya that when the ICJ does render its judgment, Somalia will fully respect and comply therewith, according to the statement seen by Mareeg Online.

However, Somalia also regrets Kenya’s decision to instruct its Ambassador to depart from Kenya without prior consultation.