n Africa Conflict Monthly Monitor - The Malawi-Tanzania Lake border dispute : natural resources raise the stakes in claims on a disputed body of water : Southern Africa - issue in focus - : Southern Africa - issue in focus

Volume 2013, Issue 04
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On 2 April 2013, Malawi's President, Joyce Banda, stated that Malawi would be withdrawing from the ongoing mediation efforts designed to reduce tension between itself and Tanzania over the disputed border between the two countries. Until now, the mediation process has been overseen by the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) Forum of Former African Heads of State and Government, headed by former Mozambican President Joachim Chissano. President Banda also indicated that Malawi would now take its claim regarding its border with Tanzania to the International Court of Justice. The following article demonstrates why the resolution of the Malawi-Tanzania border dispute, which is far from over, is vital for the region, both in terms of reducing international tensions, and facilitating possible economic development though the potential development of natural resources.

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