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12 Oct, 7 tweets, 2 min read
In case you want to watch it, the @CIJ_ICJ judgment in the maritime dispute between Kenya and Somalia should be live here:…
Court has completely picked apart Kenya's argument that there was an existing agreement on the border. Mwaura will recall this as the same feeling as when listening to #BBIAppealJudgment.
I'm sure this must make for riveting listening for cartographers. It however reminds me of Double Geography after lunch on Wednesdays in high school which was delivered in much the same droning monotone.
Looks like the court has opted to split the baby.
No reparations for Somalia.
Isallover. I think both countries will whine about it, Kenya more than Somalia.
Question: Is the maritime border now cast stone or is there room for more negotiations as @RAbdiAnalyst had opined? Will this mark a new phase in Kenya-Somalia relations?

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