Somali president dispatches observers to ICJ maritime case in the Hague

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Somali president Hassan Sheikh Mahamoud tasked 7 members, including lawyers, Journalists, civil society, academics and diplomats to work as observers on Somali-Kenyan marine dispute case scheduled to start in Hague on Monday.

Somalia and Kenya will make their oral submissions at the International Court of Justice Monday following objections raised by Kenya October 2015 regarding the jurisdiction of the Court over the maritime case filed by Somalia in 2014.

The team headed by  journalist and diplomat Yusuf Garad will join the defense team of Somalia in The Hague, Netherlands on Monday.

The team is tasked to immediately brief Somali government on the updates in the case as the proceeding will kick tomorrow in in the Hague.

Somalia filed proceedings at the UN Court in August 28, 2014 requesting the Court to determine, on the basis of international law, the complete course of the single maritime boundary dividing all the maritime areas appertaining to Somalia and to Kenya in the Indian Ocean, including the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles.

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