6 June, 2013
Somali Federal Government clarifies its position on territorial waters
In its weekly meeting the council of ministers issued the following statement
on the issue of Somali territorial waters:
1. The government reiterates its support for the Transitional Federal Government
parliament’s decision of 1 August 2009 calling “null and void” the Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) between the TFG Minister of International Cooperation and
Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs signed in Nairobi on 7 April 2009.
2. On 12 March 2010, the UN stated that the 2009 MOU was to be considered
“non-actionable” because it had been rejected by the Somali parliament.
3. The government’s position is Somali Law No. 37 on the Territorial Sea and
Ports, signed on 10 September 1972, which defines Somali territorial sea as 200
nautical miles and continental shelf. On 24th July 1989 Somali ratified the UN
Convention on the Law of the Sea.
4. The Federal Government of Somalia does not consider it appropriate to open
new discussions on maritime demarcation or limitations on the continental shelf
with any parties.
5. The government is committed to strong bilateral relations with Kenya and
looks forward to working with the government of President Kenyatta on a number
of issues, including the safe repatriation of Somali refugees in Kenya and
improving border security for the benefit of both countries.
Prime Minister’s Media Office
Phone: +252 (0) 616 44 00 28
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