Posted by: Andi Arsana | April 7, 2009

Kenya, Somalia sign maritime boundary agreement

Taken from Xinhuanet
NAIROBI, April 3 (Xinhua) — The Kenyan and Somali governments on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding on their maritime boundary. The agreement will facilitate the presentation of Kenya’s submissions to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf by May as required under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). 

According to the provisions of UNCLOS, coastal states intending to delineate the outer limits of their continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles are required to submit particulars of such limits with supporting scientific and technical data to CLCS.

The preparation of Kenya’s claim for submission requires the cooperation of its neighbors Tanzania and Somalia. This is because, UNCLOS provides that states that have adjacent coastlines to each other need to conclude agreements on the delimitation of their maritime boundaries for their Territorial Sea, Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelves by means of an agreement in order to achieve an equitable solution. 

Kenya Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula signed the agreement with Somalia Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Shermake. Wetangula said the preparation of Kenya’s claim for submission requires the cooperation of its neighbors, Tanzania and Somalia.

“This is because, the convention provides that states that have adjacent coastlines to each other need to conclude agreements on the delimitation of their maritime boundaries for their territorial sea, exclusive economic zone and continental shelves by means of an agreement in order to achieve an equitable solution”, he said.  Wetangula said the government has negotiated the maritime agreement with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia.  

The minister said the government is also in the process of concluding a similar agreement with the Tanzanian government.


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