Kenya reaffirms commitment to peaceful resolution of row with Somalia

The Kenyan government has warned that it will not cede an inch of its soil in the disputed maritime border with Somalia even as it affirmed that it is committed to a peaceful resolution of the row.

At a Cabinet meeting at in Nairobi Thursday, chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta, the government made the decision that was communicated by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Dr Monica Juma in a press briefing.

MARINE RESOURCES

The Cabinet also discussed and agreed on a roadmap for resolving the maritime border dispute with Somalia and measures for safeguarding Kenya’s territorial integrity, marine resources including offshore oil and gas exploration acreage in the Indian Ocean.

Addressing the media at a city hotel after a closed-door session with members of the Defence and Foreign Relations committee of the National Assembly Thursday afternoon over the dispute, Dr Juma said the response given by Somalia does not meet Kenya’s expectations.

“We sent a protest to Somalia on February 9, when we got to learn that Somalia’s ministry of Petroleum and Minerals had offered the blocks for auction in London,” Dr Juma said in the company of her Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau

“We first called Somalia’s ambassador to explain what the actions of his government were. He said he did not have the information prompting us to send him to his country to get the information we wanted. When he came back, he said he did not have the information,” she said.

At this time, Kenya was forced to recall her ambassador in Mogadishu for consultation even as it requested Mr…….to go back to his country to get the response Kenya wanted.

Sources Daily Nation