Somali President address nation on ICJ maritime case verdict

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The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, in a speech on the final decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Somali maritime case, congratulated the Somali people as a whole on the success of our patriotic efforts to defend our seas.

The President noted that the Federal Government of Somalia has faced many diplomatic challenges to ensure this historic victory, as the Kenyan government has taken steps to disrupt the maritime proceedings and seek to do a deal in a dark room in exchange for our ocean.

“We have vowed to protect the trust we have been placed upon by the Somali people, and our conscience will never allow us to replace the legacy of future generations with political and economic interests. We refused to take a saturated diet, preferring a starving state. Every step we take and every decision we make is a measure of the integrity, nationhood, unity and dignity of the people and the country of Somalia.”

The President of the Republic described this historic victory as the result of the long struggle of the people and Government of Somalia to realize the legal case against the aspirations of the Kenyan leadership to claim part of the Somali Sea.

“Justice has prevailed, the rule of law has prevailed, and this victory belongs to the Somali people who have always stood by their leaders and their government. I thank the International Court of Justice for upholding the rule of law. This ruling is a beautiful symbol of the integrity and transparency of the ICJ’s judiciary. ”

Finally, the President thanked the veterans who fought for this historic victory, first and foremost the 8th Parliament that took the reins of power, former President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, the Somali experts including Dr. Muna Sharmaan and Eng. Mohamed Omar Salihi, who has recently passed away, and Lawyers and Legal Experts at Foly Hoag and the Federal Government of Somalia’s Commission in the Maritime Case.

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