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

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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.

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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.

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