Malawi, TZ lake dispute mediators to be revived

Malawi and Tanzania have agreed to reactivate a team of Lake Malawi dispute mediators comprising president Joachim Chissano of Mozambique, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and Festus Mogae of Botswana.

Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Corporation Augustine Mahiga said this yesterday at Kamuzu Palace after meeting President Peter Mutharika.

A map showing the disputed border

He said the recent memorandum of understanding Malawi signed with Tanzania is one way of creating a favourable environment for the lake mediation talks.

Said Mahiga: “The lake issue has festered for some time, but both countries have agreed that we should reactivate the committee of mediators led by the former president of Mozambique Joachim Chissano.”

Speaking when he opened the meeting, Mutharika said the two countries will resuscitate the mediation committee on the lake dispute to reach a meaningful conclusion of the matter.

He said: “Our two ministries of Foreign Affairs will work together in ensuring that the mediation efforts by the distinguished Sadc Forum of African Union Former Heads of State comprising Chissano, Mbeki, and Mogae, will be resuscitated towards a logical conclusion of the Lake Malawi Border Dispute between our two countries.”

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