A diplomatic row is once again brewing between Kenya and Somalia over ownership of oil and gas blocks in the disputed shared maritime territorial borders.
Kenya’s ambassador to Somalia Retired General Lucas Tumbo has been summoned for urgent consultations after the country auctioned off the blocks in London.
In a statement issued Saturday, Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Macharia Kamau noted the auction took place on February 7 this year in London.
Ambassador Kamau termed the auction as an illegal grab of the country’s resources which amounts to an act of aggression against Kenyan sovereignty.
“This outrageous and provocative auction deserves and will be met with unanimous and resounding rejection by all Kenyans as well as all people of goodwill who believe in the maintenance of international law and order and the peaceful and legal resolution of disputes,” said PS Kamau.
The PS explained that Kenya through multiple channels, including direct diplomatic demarches at the highest levels has sought to find an amicable and peaceful resolution of the maritime boundary and has severally and emphatically stated its unequivocal claim of the maritime area that is known to be historically Kenyan.
Ambassador Kamau says it is regrettable that despite Kenya’s effort to assist Somalia to regain its footing after years of civil war it has chosen to act otherwise.
Kenya’s now plans to move to the International Court of Justice to seek redress on the matter.