NAIROBI (AFP) – Kenya on Saturday recalled its ambassador from Somalia for “urgent consultations” over a maritime border dispute that involves lucrative offshore oil and gas deposits.
“The summons is a consequence of a most regretful and egregious decision by the Government of Somalia to auction off oil and gas blocks in Kenya’s maritime territorial area that borders Somalia,” a foreign office statement said.
The “unparalleled affront and illegal grab at the resources of Kenya” had taken place at an auction in London on February 7 and would “not go unanswered”, it said.
The United Nation’s highest court has been hearing a case brought by Somalia against Kenya about the dispute.
Nairobi previously unsuccessfully argued that the International Court of Justice in The Hague, which rules in disputes between countries, did not have jurisdiction over the case.
Mogadishu’s case against Nairobi focuses on an attempt to redraw the sea border which would affect at least three of Kenya’s 20 offshore oil blocks.