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ICJ to decide on border case

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague was due to rule on 2 February on whether it has jurisdiction to hear the dispute between Somalia and Kenya over their shared maritime border in the Indian Ocean. Somalia referred the dispute to the ICJ in 2014 (AE 325/18). Kenya maintains that the boundary should be a straight line running directly east from the point at which the two countries meet on land, while Somalia proposes that the boundary should follow a median line broadly equidistant from both coastlines in accordance with clause 15 of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

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