Malawi to take Tanzania to The Hague over Lake Dispute
(23 May 2017)
Malawi’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has stated that Malawi intends to take Tanzania to the International Court of Justice over the disputed border across the northern half of Lake Malawi.
Mediation talks were due to take place in early May to discuss the dispute; however, according to Malawi, the talks were cancelled by Tanzania.
Malawi claims that the boundary is the shoreline of Lake Malawi as established by Article 1(2) of the 1890 Anglo-German Treaty and therefore claims that the entire lake belongs to Malawi. Tanzania claims that the boundary is the median line of the lake based on principles of customary international law.
The lake potentially has huge reserves of oil and gas, the discovery of which has intensified a 50 year old row between the states over the ownership of the lake.