The meeting was called as part of AU’s efforts to forster “a united, integrated Africa, with peaceful, open and prosperous borders”.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 14, (APO):
The African Great Lakes countries have met to reaffirm acceptable boundaries in Lake Tanganyika, according to a statement released by the African Union Peace and Security Department April 14, 2017. Malawi and Mozambique which share borders with Tanzania were invited to this meeting.
The meeting was called as part of AU’s efforts to forster “a united, integrated Africa, with peaceful, open and prosperous borders” the Statement reads in part.
The African Union Commission (AUC) convened a Joint Technical meeting of the Lake Tanganyika riparian Member states; namely the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Zambia from 10-12 April 2017.
The objective of the meeting was to agree on the methodology that would culminate in the reaffirmation of the international boundaries in Lake Tanganyika. The invitation was also extended to the Republic of Malawi and the Republic of Mozambique to share their experiences in the delimitation of their boundary in Lake Malawi/Lake Nyassa.
Participants requested the African Union Commission through the AU Border Program (AUBP) to support capacity building efforts, agreed on an implementation road-map and committed to finalize delimitation and reaffirmation process of the Lake Tanganyika within eighteen (18) months.
The delimitation and demarcation of land and maritime boundaries is in line with the decision by the 28th ordinary session of the Assembly of the Union for the extension of the deadline for the completion of the delimitation and demarcation of African boundaries by 2022.
The AUBP vision is that of “a united, integrated Africa, with peaceful, open and prosperous borders”. Consequently, AUBP’s three main areas of activity include: assistance to AU Member States in the delimitation, demarcation and reaffirmation of all African borders by 2022, the promotion of cross-border cooperation, and the development of the technical capacities of personnel in charge of delimitation, demarcation and cross-border cooperation exercises.
The Program contributes to the structural prevention of conflict through the delimitation and demarcation of borders and also offers a platform for the negotiated resolution of border disputes and the promotion of regional and continental integration through cross border cooperation.