Malawi mulling moving ICJ over Lake Malawi dispute with Tanzania

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Malawi has decided to move to International Court of Justice to settle the long dormant Lake Malawi / Lake Nyasa border dispute with Tanzania which has been re-activated by prospects of an oil find.President Joyce Banda said that they were giving up on mediation efforts led by Mozambique's ex-president Joachim Chissano in his capacity as head of a forum of retired Heads of State and Governments in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) since they think it was "compromised because information submitted by Malawi was leaked to Tanzania".

Disputed area includes a largely undeveloped swathe of the 'lake Malawi' where Malawi has awarded a licence to British firm Surestream to explore for oil in the north-eastern waters near Tanzania. Malawi claims ownership of the entire lake while Tanzania claims that the international border runs through the middle of the lake. Both sides cite the Heligoland Treaty of 1890 between Great Britain and Germany concerning the border. Lake Malawi's area is also shared by Mozambique.

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