STATUS OF THE MEDIATION PROCESS OVER THE LAKE MALAWI BOUNDARY DISPUTE
The Government of the Republic of Malawi wishes to inform the general public that Malawi will participate in the Mediation process on Lake Malawi Boundary Dispute with the Government of the Republic of Tanzania, in Pretoria, South Africa, from 11th to 12th July, 2017. It should be recalled that, the previous meeting which was scheduled to take place on 8th to 9th May, 2017, was postponed at the last minute by the Government of the Republic of Tanzania and the Government of the Republic of Malawi expressed its concern over the postponement, as it affects the timing of the conclusion of the mediation process.
The meeting scheduled for this week has been convened by the High Level Mediation Team (HLMT) which is led by His Excellency Joaquim Chissano, former President of the Republic of Mozambique. Other members of the Team include His Excellency Thabo Mbeki, former President of the Republic of South Africa, and His Excellency Festus Mogae, former President of the Republic of Botswana.
The meeting is a follow up to the last meeting which was held in Maputo, Mozambique, from 20th to 21st March, 2014, where the Governments of Malawi and Tanzania submitted their respective positions; and agreed that the HLMT should first establish the position of the boundary between the two countries.
The position of the Government of Malawi is that the boundary is the shoreline of Lake Malawi as established by Article 1(2) of the 1890 Anglo-German Treaty.
The Government of the Republic of Malawi, shall restate its position on the boundary of Lake Malawi and expects that the HLMT will pronounce itself on the fundamental question on where the boundary lies between the two countries, following the submissions by the two countries at the onset of the mediation process.
The Malawi Government wishes to assure the general public that it will do everything possible not to give up even a single inch of its territory.
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