Kenya recalls Somalia envoy after oil, gas blocks ‘grabbed’

Kenya recalls Somalia envoy after oil, gas blocks ‘grabbed’

Kenya has recalled its ambassador in Mogadishu and ordered Somali envoy out of the country over alleged auctioning of oil blocs belonging to Kenya.

The auction took place in London, United Kingdom, last week, Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau said Saturday.

Lieutenant-General (Rtd) Lucas Tumbo was summoned back to Nairobi for urgent consultations.

“This unparalleled affront and illegal grab at the resources of Kenya will not go unanswered and is tantamount to an act of aggression against the people of Kenya and their resources.

“This outrageous and provocative auction deserves and will be met with a unanimous and resounding rejection by all Kenyans as well as all people of goodwill who believe in the maintenance of international law and order and the peaceful and legal resolution of disputes,” the PS Kamau said.

Source: Daily Nation

Kenya has recalled its ambassador to Somalia Lt. Gen. Lucas Tumbo after it emerged that oil and gas blocks in disputed territorial areas were auctioned to the United Kingdom.

According to Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau, Somalia ‘carelessly’ ignored internationally accepted norms of boundary disputes resolution as well as political and diplomatic disagreements.

“The Federal Government of Somalia has sadly demonstrated that it has not yet attained and embraced political maturity and diplomatic stance of a normal, well-adjusted and properly functioning modern government,” he said.

Speaking during a Press conference on Saturday, Amb. Kamau further termed the move by Somalia to auction oil and gas blocks in disputed territory as ‘tragic and regretful.’

The auction apparently took place in London on February 7, 2019.

Amb. Kamau criticised the Somali Government for taking for granted the support of the Kenyan Government through political and humanitarian hardships.

 

According to Foreign Affairs PS Macharia Kamau, Somalia ‘carelessly’ ignored internationally accepted norms of boundary disputes resolution as well as political and diplomatic disagreements.

“The Federal Government of Somalia has sadly demonstrated that it has not yet attained and embraced political maturity and diplomatic stance of a normal, well-adjusted and properly functioning modern government,” he said.

Speaking during a Press conference on Saturday, Amb. Kamau further termed the move by Somalia to auction oil and gas blocks in disputed territory as ‘tragic and regretful.’

The auction apparently took place in London on February 7, 2019.

Amb. Kamau criticised the Somali Government for taking for granted the support of the Kenyan Government through political and humanitarian hardships.

“Kenya has stood with Somalia without once flinching on its responsibility to its neighbour nor shirking in its international responsibility to the people of Somalia ,” he added.

In a strongly worded statement, the Foreign Affairs CS said Kenya regrets the action as it has ‘severely undermined the existing cordial and brotherly relations’ between the two countries.

He said the move has compromised half a century’s worth of dedication and cooperation between Kenya and Somalia.

Two days ago, the Somali government said it would award exploration licenses to foreign oil companies despite calls from the opposition to wait until laws and regulations governing the oil sector were in place.

“There is not a clear consensus about how the oil sector could be managed in Somalia,” Barnaby Pace, an investigator for the NGO Global Witness, which exposes corruption and environmental abuses, told VOA.

“And once Somalia makes deals like the one it’s proposing, it may be locked in for many years and find it difficult to renegotiate or change them to best protect itself,” he added.

 

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