The United Nations on Tuesday hosted a peace signing ceremony between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon to end a long-standing border dispute which dated back to early 1970’s.
The ceremony was held on the margins of the on-going 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (popularly known as COP-22) being held here.
“I commend President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo [of Equatorial Guinea] and President Bongo Ondimba [of the Gabonese Republic] for demonstrating true political leadership, courage and wisdom in reaching this mutually acceptable agreement, in accordance with the spirit and letter of the United Nations Charter,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his opening remarks at the signing ceremony.
“Today’s event is a testimony to the determination of your countries to move with a common vision to strengthen and respect the international rule of law, and contribute to lasting peace and good neighbourly relations,” he added.
The ceremony marked the successful conclusion of the UN mediation, which started in 2008, and was aimed at finding a mutually acceptable solution of the border dispute between the two countries for submission to the International Court of Justice.
Ban also thanked the leaders for coming to a mutually acceptable solution as well as for trust in the UN.
Recalling the tireless efforts of the two countries, he expressed hope that the peaceful resolution of the dispute will be a source of inspiration for countries around the world facing similar challenges.
“The UN and the international community stand proud of your accomplishment,” he said.
The agreement resolves a longstanding dispute between the two countries regarding the Mbanie, Cocotiers and Congas islands, and common boundaries and which dated back to the early 1970’s.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.