Wednesday May 8, 2013

The Norwegian ruling governments led by Prime Minister Stoltenberg and the Norwegian Stortinget (Parliament) have today received letters issued by the East African Energy Forum (EAEF) warning them to stay clear of involvement in Somalia’s waters.


Attempt to Re-Instate the 2009 MOU between Somalia and Kenya


The EAEF is referring to Norway’s deep involvement in attempting to influence Somalia to concede sovereignty over its southern waters to Kenya. The group says Norway was a chief architect of the disastrous 2009 MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) between the then TFG and Kenyan Governments. The MOU was a slippery document that combined two seperate concepts and took advantage of the then ensuing deadline of 2009 of a weak and ill advised TFG which would have signed off over to Kenya approximately 116,000 square kilometers of Somali southern waters, an area larger than the size of Malawi.


“It is extremely regrettable that a supposed neutral actor in East Africa such as Norway, would act so recklessly against the Somali national interest in favor of a quick profit for its national oil company.”

says Abdillahi Mohamud, head of the EAEF.


“The Somali public have begun educating themselves on the boundaries of their territorial sovereignty, the insistence of the Norwegian government to influence Somalia to accept the 2009 MOU even to this day, which was widely rejected by the Somali Parliament and its people, has caused Norway’s image to suffer an insurmountable damage”


Somalia’s Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ)


The group is also countering Norway’s insistence that Somalia must declare its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) urgently in order to retain its sovereignty over its waters.


“Norway’s attempt to rush Somalia into declaring it’s EEZ is unwarranted and based on its political aims rather than international law and standards. Other countries have historically declared an EEZ when they felt it was in their national interest and no country has the right to pressure Somalia. In fact there are other countries that have ratified UNCLOS and not declared an EEZ until this day.” says Feysal Mayow, Director of the group’s technical team tasked with monitoring infringement of Somali waters.


“The EAEF does not foresee any deadline for Somalia to declare its EEZ, rather it is a detriment and against our national interest to declare our EEZ without having functioning naval forces or the ability to monitor our waters” Mayow adds.


He continues to note that if Somalia declares its EEZ without the capacity to monitor it, certain obligations will be forced upon it such as granting landlocked Ethiopia access to Somali waters, as well as foreign commercial fishing rights to quotas not met by the Somali fishing industry.


“Our decimated fishing industry can not sustain the optimum utilization of our fisheries as demanded by UNCLOS, this means as soon as Somalia declares its EEZ, it gives free reign for foreign fishing fleets to deplete the surplus allowable catch in Somali waters un-monitored and un-patrolled. We cannot build a vibrant fishing industry when our local fishermen will be competing with huge foreign trawlers”


EU’s Rapidly Declining Oil and Gas Reserves


He suggests Norway and other EU states rapidly declining offshore reserves at home have sparked their interest in East African waters. With Norway as the world’s leader in offshore oil and gas exploration, it is little surprise the country is eyeing Somalia’s untapped offshore reserves.


The group says it is monitoring all attempts to take advantage of Somalia’s current situation and undermine it’s territorial waters and that it will continue to take further action.


“It is a pity that a country which prides itself on its humanitarian reputation, has chosen to exploit Somalia’s current unstable situation to benefit from. This is a massive political miscalculation by the Norwegian government, Somalis are vigilant of their waters and it would have been more wise for Norway to take a neutral position.” says Abdillahi Mohamud.

East African Energy Forum



  1. 22 years TFGs have made many deals to auction off Somalia-Italia to the highest bidders.

    Kenya is interested in claiming Somalia-Italia's Offshore territory.

    While Ethiopia is silent even though still in a position of invader. The worrying thing being Somalia-Italia and Ethiopian borders is that they are not officially demarcated as such it is unclear when Ethiopia is invading and when it's on it's own territory.

    On any Map it is evident that there is no real border between Somalia-Italia & Ethiopia there is only a transitional border. Ethiopia is not breaking any international laws if it's troops are in Somalia-Italia.

  2. We have to be carefull with foreign countries and their companies Somaliland just signed a deal with a Norwegian based oil company they have to make a good contract with them and not sell out like TFG.

  3. Keep the good work East African Energy Forum (EAEF). No MOU or declaration of Economic Exclusive Zone of Somalia until our country stands on its own feet.

    As for Buuxiye (god knows what you are full of), does your transitional unmarked border between Somalia and Ethiopia also include the long boundary between Reserve Area and Somaliland (sic.). Probably, you think you are hurting other Somalis by making such a senseless comment and forgetting that Ethiopia occupies most of our northern region. If you are giving Ethiopia the right to cross to Somali border as it pleases, know that the spot they will occupy before anything else is Berbera which they are using now for free and by force.

  4. What a senseless article, what we hear is someone is stealing somali natural resources and so forth. this group call them self's EAEF it is unknown organization, they base in kenya mainly from Mogadishu. it was few days when they open so call "school of geology" another fake institution.

    The bottom line is they do not represent anyone accept their own agenda. all this MTYTH someone is stealing this that, the reality most somalis they do not see anything to steal. and even found all or another natural resources this GROUP they will not represent same autonomous state within somalia.