Equatorial Guinea President Meets With UN Secretary-General to Resolve Boundary Dispute With Gabon

Mar 09, 2011, 14:41 ET from Republic of Equatorial Guinea

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On a recent mediation at the United Nations, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo met with President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon at the UN building in the heart of New York City. The two Presidents met to discuss a long-standing territorial dispute between the two neighboring countries.

(For video on President Obiang's visit to the United Nations, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/EquatorialGuineaNews)

President Obiang came to New York at the invitation of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. The UN is mediating this dispute in an effort to help the two countries reach an agreement.

In a joint communique, the two nations renewed their commitment to continued friendly relations and pledged to continue working toward a mutually beneficial resolution to the dispute surrounding three islands in Corisco Bay, in an area of petroleum and natural gas deposits.  The two countries agreed many years ago to jointly exploit the area's resources until a permanent agreement could be reached.  

Equatorial Guinea and Gabon agreed to meet again March 29 and 30 for further talks under UN auspices in Geneva. The two neighbors enjoy friendly relations, which they believe will help them resolve this territorial issue.

About Equatorial Guinea

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country will host the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.

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