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Why the US, UK, France and Norway are taking sides in Kenya’s maritime row with Somalia

A dispute over maritime territory in the Indian Ocean between Kenya and Somalia has resulted in major western countries lining up on either side, depending on which of the two African nations best serves their oil interests.

The disputed territory is 100, 000 square kilometers with prospects of vast oil and gas deposits.

Diplomatic relations between the two countries have been on a steep decline since early 2019, when Kenya accused Somalia of putting Kenya’s blocks up for auction during the February Somalia Oil and Gas conference in London.

Somalia refuted Kenya’s claims. But during the oil and gas conference, it had submitted bidding rules and procedures and also displayed a map of oil and gas blocks which it intended to auction in future.

Following the London oil conference, Kenya recalled its ambassador to Somalia and asked the Somali ambassador in Kenya to “depart for consultations.”

Meanwhile, Somalia has a case against Kenya at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In 2014, Somalia sued Kenya at the ICJ and asked the court to order a redrawing of the sea boundary in Somalia’s favor.

The hearings were scheduled to start on Sept. 3, 2019 but Kenya successfully petitioned the court to adjourn the case until June 2020.

But this diplomatic row between Kenya and Somalia is only the tip of the iceberg. Beneath the surface are positions and interests that are being pushed by players far afield including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Norway.

Countries like Kenya and Somalia are increasing importance given that some of the largest and most recent oil finds have been in Africa. This could very well continue.

Global interests
The maritime dispute between Somalia and Kenya has attracted the interests of global powers like the US, UK, France, Italy, and Norway, all of whom are keen to share in the exploitation of the resource-rich maritime blocks.

As the dispute has escalated these powers have taken different sides.

The UK, for example, has shown support for Somalia. This is for two reasons. One, UK-Kenya relations have not been the best since the election of Uhuru Kenyatta who became president while a suspect at the International Criminal Court. He faced charges for crimes against humanity for his alleged role in Kenya’s 2007 post-election violence. The charges have since been dropped.

Under president Kenyatta, the Kenya government has gravitated towards American, Chinese and other interests as compared to British interests. As a result, the UK has moved to consolidate its economic interests in the region through Somalia.

Two, Britain has a longer relationship with Somalia in terms of onshore and offshore oil explorations. For instance, British Petroleum (BP) had oil exploration concessions in Somalia from the 1980s until 1991 when Somalia plunged into violence after the ousting of president Siad Barre.

A decade later in 2012, as violent conflict raged on in Somalia, it emerged that Britain was involved “in a secret high-stakes dash for oil in Somalia”, with the government offering humanitarian aid and security assistance in the hope of a stake in the beleaguered country’s future energy industry.

Norway is also backing Somalia. It has been reported that the country was one of the main bidders at the Somalia Oil and Gas conference in London. This could have something to do with the fact that Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre is a Norwegian citizen, and that Kenya expelled Norwegian oil giant Statoil.

The US is siding with Kenya because the two countries are partners in the “war on terror”, and the fact that American companies stand to benefit from the oil and gas exploration if the disputed territory is found to be within Kenya’s maritime zone. The two countries have already signed other trade deals worth $100 million. And France is on Kenya’s side given that Total Oil was contracted by Kenya in the disputed maritime zone.

Way forward
The ICJ ruling notwithstanding, Kenya and Somalia need to cooperate. They should focus on enhancing their historical ties, and economic and security interests for their mutual benefit. Both countries must remain vigilant against external interests that divide the continent and lay its resources bare for exploitation.

On its part, Kenya needs to demonstrate to Somalia, and other states in the region, that it views them as partners. Kenya is home to a vibrant Kenyan-Somali community, hosts a large number of Somali refugees, and an increasing population of Somali students in Kenyan universities. Somalis have also made massive business investments in Kenya. These are factors that the country can leverage to restore diplomatic relations.

Finally, Somalia needs Kenya and other African countries to attain sustainable peace and security. So it would be unwise for Somalia to abandon intra-Africa relations in the quest for resource-greedy Western allies. The destiny and future of the people of the two countries are “indissolubly interconnected”. This should be the guiding principle as Somalia and Kenya seek to resolve their maritime dispute through peaceful mechanisms.

Patrick Muthengi Maluki, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, University of Nairobi

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

Original Article: Western countries take sides in Kenya’s maritime row with Somalia
 

RodgerDodger

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Gee two African Nations are coming to blows over oil. One has the distinction of largely being one of Africa's more peaceful nations and successful democracies. Having a fairly robust education system and is slowly showing signs of crawling out of the third world. Even with a few recent factional setbacks. The other is quite possibly the worst and deepest hellhole in Africa. A utterly failed nation who's major industry is literally Sea Piracy. With incidents and a fairly steep hatred from pretty much every major sea going nation. One of the few points that the US and Russian's agree on is that the world would be a better place if they sink every Somalian boat wherever found.
 

Arctic Fox

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Kenya should get the oil fields. They're not exceptional and have most of their shit together.

But you could argue Somalia possessing the resources could be the bump to pull them away from piracy and into normal trading practices. Very fun idea there.
The maritime dispute between Somalia and Kenya has attracted the interests of global powers like the US, UK, France, Italy, and Norway, all of whom are keen to share in the exploitation of the resource-rich maritime blocks.
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TerminalTryHard

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But you could argue Somalia possessing the resources could be the bump to pull them away from piracy and into normal trading practices. Very fun idea there.

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Somalia getting the oil wouldn't build an oil industry in Somalia, it would just cause more dead somalis as various warlords squable over control of it.


Also Somalia is fucked here, they're not gonna get any support from the rest of Africa either. Literally every other African country hates them too, they're literally called the "niggers of Africa for a reason".
 
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Does anyone remember Kony 2012? I didn't either.
I remember when the main guy behind that went out in San Diego committing the sin of Onan in public. Kony 2012 must be like a forerunner though to two things, internet slacktivism or slactivisim and what led to people doing the same thing when Netflix released that making a murderor documentary. Also made people realize that African warlords or those peacefull pocs or black bodies or whatever don't give two fucks about the internet thinks about them.
 

RodgerDodger

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No one sides with Somalis, not even their Muslims "allies" of the Gulf states and even Turkey.
the only ones siding with the Somalia’s is Britain, largely because they’ve figured out that the Somalia’s are the easier to steal from. I think even China’s vaunted Belt and Road program of re-enslaving Africa as a Chinese Colony looked at Somalia and said “just go around this one!”
 

mr.moon1488

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Gee two African Nations are coming to blows over oil. One has the distinction of largely being one of Africa's more peaceful nations and successful democracies. Having a fairly robust education system and is slowly showing signs of crawling out of the third world. Even with a few recent factional setbacks. The other is quite possibly the worst and deepest hellhole in Africa. A utterly failed nation who's major industry is literally Sea Piracy. With incidents and a fairly steep hatred from pretty much every major sea going nation. One of the few points that the US and Russian's agree on is that the world would be a better place if they sink every Somalian boat wherever found.
,but what would we do without fine Somalian exports like this?
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Slimy Time

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Somalia getting the oil wouldn't build an oil industry in Somalia, it would just cause more dead somalis as various warlords squable over control of it.


Also Somalia is fucked here, they're not gonna get any support from the rest of Africa either. Literally every other African country hates them too, they're literally called the "niggers of Africa for a reason".
When I think of different African states, I usually associate something with that state. Mandela and whites with South Africa, La Sape movement in the Congo. Foodie Beauty's bf Bibi with Senegal. Somalia? Fucking pirates. Honestly if you asked me anything about Somalia, my knowledge starts and ends with pirates and warlords.

Edit: And no, not even that US politician comes to mind with the word "Somalia". Always pirates and warlords first.
 

The 8 of Spades

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I remember when the main guy behind that went out in San Diego committing the sin of Onan in public. Kony 2012 must be like a forerunner though to two things, internet slacktivism or slactivisim and what led to people doing the same thing when Netflix released that making a murderor documentary. Also made people realize that African warlords or those peacefull pocs or black bodies or whatever don't give two fucks about the internet thinks about them.
He actually wasn't jerking it, he was just butt ass naked and losing his mind so the rumors got started.

Still a complete exceptional individual though.
 

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Somalian women are better looking, but you would likely be better to marry a Kenyan woman.

I don't really see Somalia going to war over this. Most of Somalia is divided anyway, with Somaliland and Puntland in the north (away from Kenya) being the most independent regions. There are aspirationally independant regions in the South too I believe but don't recall names off the top of my head.

That said, if the right financial backer comes in and pays for mercenaries, it wouldn't be hard to buy or rent some MiG-21's to be maintained by foreigners and pay some qualified fighter pilots who would beat up on whoever Kenya can put up in their F-5s.
 

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Britain battered pirates before, we're angling to do it again and get some North Sea Tea out of it from the looks of things .

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