Malawi, Tanzania end talks on Lake Malawi

2012-08-24 20:01

Mzuzu - Malawi and Tanzania on Friday ended five days of talks about their border on Lake Malawi, a long-ignored dispute with new importance as oil exploration gets under way in the region.

Foreign ministers from the two countries will hold a joint news conference in the capital Lilongwe on Saturday to "explain the recommendations, but a final decision will be made by the two heads of state", a Malawian foreign ministry official said.

At issue is a largely undeveloped swath of the lake, where Lilongwe has awarded a licence to British firm Surestream to explore for oil in north-eastern waters near Tanzania.

Malawi claims the lake under an 1890 agreement whose validity is disputed by Tanzania.

The talks have been held in the northern Malawian city of Mzuzu since Monday.

  • tafiska.nyasulu - 2012-08-25 10:48

    When I used to swim in these waters many years ago , I never new I was swimming on treasure !!!! God is good .

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