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Kenya, Somalia sign maritime boundary agreement
www.chinaview.cn 2009-04-04 07:06:21
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.
Editor: Deng Shasha
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