ICJ postpones Kenya- Somalia Maritime case again

President Uhuru and his Somalia counterpart at statehouse during his visit.

ICJ postpones Kenya- Somalia Maritime case again

The International Court of Justice has postponed the hearing of the Kenya- Somalia Maritime delimitation in the Indian ocean. The hearing had been initially set for September 2020 but was later changed to October then to November 2020.

The decision was as a result of the Kenyan government requesting for a postponement. This is the second time that the Kenyan government has requested for a postponement.

“The court has duly considered the views and arguments of the Parties regarding Kenya’s request. It has decided to postpone the oral proceedings to the week beginning Monday 8 June 2020,” ICJ said in a letter to Attorney General Pual Kihara.

ICJ, however, added states that the postponement is granted on the understanding that both parties will be represented at the hearings and that no further postponement will be granted.

The time of oral arguments allocated to each party will remain as initially planned.

“Again the Court wishes to remind the Parties that the written proceedings, in this case, are already closed. The parties should proceed to the hearings in accordance with the Rules of Court,” the letter stated.

Kenya has been hoping for an out of court settlement on the matter but Somalia has insisted on letting the court decide.