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Meeting On Border Row Between Gabon, Eq. Guinea

Ban convenes meeting to resolve border row between Gabon, Equatorial Guinea

11 June 2008 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today opened a high-level meeting between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon to launch the next phase of the mediation process aimed at resolving the border dispute between the African neighbours.

Today's meeting, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, is dedicated to the adoption of a formal framework for the mediation process, according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban's spokesperson.

"In his remarks, the Secretary-General commended both Parties for their continued commitment to finding a peaceful settlement to their dispute and assured them of the United Nations' support and of his personal engagement to assist them in this process," the statement noted.

The maritime dispute between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon centres on an island which has oil resources. In 2004 both countries agreed to exploit the area jointly and to continue to work on the border problem.

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