Guebuza mediates in border row

Maputo – Mozambique’s President Armando Guebuza, who is the SADC chair, is in talks with Malawi President Joyce Banda and Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete as part of a bid to solve a border dispute.
Mozambique’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Oldemiro Baloi, told The Southern Times that President Guebuza dispatched him to Lilongwe to gather more information on the dispute. Malawi and Tanzania have been bickering over where their boundary on Lake Malawi lies following Lilongwe’s decision to award an oil and gas exploration license to British firm, Surestream.
Minister Baloi said Mozambique and the entire SADC wanted a stable and harmonious region.<br /> Talks last month ended in a deadlock after Malawi and Tanzania failed to forge any headway on resolving the matter.
Malawi’s Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Patrick Kabambe, has said though they do not agree with Tanzania’s attempt to place the border in the middle of the lake, they were committed to negotiations.

 

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