Malawi to re-open talks with Tanzania
18 October 2012, 09:37
Blantyre - Malawi is preparing to re-open talks over a long-standing
border dispute with Tanzania, two months after diplomatic negotiations
stalled, Foreign Minister Ephraim Chiume said on Wednesday.
are ready for the resumption of the talks. Malawi will soon be sending
its delegation to Tanzania to chart the way forward," Chiume told the
national news agency.
Last month Malawi cancelled a fresh round
of talks after Tanzania "came up with a new map which defined a new
boundary, and to us this suggested that they were not doing these
negotiations in good faith," said Chiume.
Based on an 1890
colonial agreement, Malawi claims ownership of the whole of Lake Malawi,
which forms the border between the two countries.
Tanzania has maintained that half the lake falls within its borders and is already eyeing it for natural gas exploration.
this month Malawian President Joyce Banda announced her country would
take the dispute to the International Court of Justice for arbitration.
two countries are bickering over a largely undeveloped swathe of the
lake, where Malawi has awarded a licence to British firm Surestream to
explore for oil in its north-eastern waters, near Tanzania.
29 600-square-kilometre lake is Africa's third-largest freshwater lake.
In Tanzania, it is called Lake Nyasa, which is taken from Malawi's
The lake lies in the Great Lakes system stretching along the East African Rift.