Somalia’s president is not happy about Kenya’s resolve to close down one of the world’s largest refugee camps.
The Dadaab camp, home to more than 300,000 Somalis. President Hassan Sheik Mohamed says forced repatriation is not in the best interest of either country.
He says it is important to agree “on the best way to bring the refugees in an orderly and dignified manner and in accordance with international law,” adding that he “did not want relations with Kenya to be affected.” Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto earlier this week reiterated the government’s stance on the closing of the camp, citing insecurity as the reason behind it.
The UN’s top court said on Thursday it will hold hearings in September into a maritime border dispute between Somalia and Kenya which may decide the fate of potentially lucrative oil and gas reserves.
Kenya will respond to a Somali complaint that Nairobi wrongly claims swathes of seabed that Mogadishu insists are its own during four days of hearings at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague from September 19.