… Malawi to take matter to ICC
Malawi President Peter Mutharika maintains his government is in talks with neighboring Tanzania on a heightened dispute over Lake Malawi.
The Malawi leader made the revelations in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) in parliament in Lilongwe this afternoon.
Mutharika says that at the moment, the two governments are into amicable talks so that an amicable solution is reached over the boundary dispute.
”Government (Malawi) is working on an amicable solution to the so called Lake Malawi boundary dispute. But the matter remains clear for 126 years.” he said.
Recently, ex Minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation George Chaponda said the lake wrangle could have been resolved long time ago but the previous administration did not use the right procedures in allowing a forum led by former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano to mediate on the issue.
“We will resolve the Lake Malawi wrangle soon and the heads of state who are handling the matter will meet in May,” said Chaponda.
Said Chaponda: “If the matter favors Tanzania we have no choice but to go to the International Court of Justice because the lake belongs to Malawi.”
Mutharika’s government has overtime maintained that Lake Malawi is not negotiable-a stand the Tanzania also stands on to, according to reports.
After one of the meetings, Head of the mediating team, Chisano was quoted by allafrica.com as saying that the talks reached deadlock as the two sides adopted rigid positions.
Tanzania is claiming ownership of the part of the water resource.
The Helgoland Treaty of 1896 and the OAU resolution of 1985 both name Malawi as the ‘rightful’ owner of the Lake.