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Tanzania promises peaceful resolution of Malawi border dispute

(24 July 2014)

A dispute between Tanzania and Malawi regarding their border through Lake Nyasa will be resolved peacefully, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete stated this week. At a public rally in the Nyasa District, Ruvuma Region, President Kikwete said that it will be “possible to get a solution over the issue of boundary on the Lake without engaging in wars.”

Located between Malawi, Mozambique, and Tanzania, Lake Nyasa is nearly 30,000 square kilometres and contains nearly 1,000 endemic species of fish. Oil exploration and alleged encroachment of Malawi fishing and tourist boats have prompted the latest disagreements, although the history of the disputes dates back to the British and German colonization. Malawi claims that the 1980 Heligoland Agreement between Britain and Germany cedes the lake entirely to Malawi, while Tanzania argues that the boundary should be in the centre of the Lake. According to Kikwete, former leaders of Mozambique, Botswana, and South Africa are assisting in negotiations over the boundary dispute.


Peaceful means to resolve Lake Nyasa border dispute, 20 July 2014, DailyNews,

Who Owns Lake Nyasa? 21 August 2012, by Courtney Meyer for Think Africa Press,