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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

AU welcomes maritime pacts signed by Tanzania, Seychelles and Comoros

20th February 2012

The African Union (AU) said on Saturday that it has welcomed the agreements reached on delimitation of maritime border among Seychelles, Comoros and Tanzania.

The three states signed the agreements on Friday in Victoria, Seychelles as part of the implementation of the AU Border Programme (AUBP), AU has announced in a press statement.

The agreements include an agreement on delimitation of maritime border between Seychelles and Comoros, and an agreement between Seychelles, Comoros, and Tanzania on the Indian Ocean triple point, said the statement.

Signing the agreements were Ministers Jean-Paul Adam of Seychelles, Mohamed Bakri Ben Abdoulfatah Charif of Comoros, and Bernard Kamillius Membe of Tanzania.

The signing ceremony has taken place at the Queau de Quinssy House, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and witnessed by Mourad Taiati, Head of the AU Liaison Office in the Comoros.

Also in attendance was Ruenger Mechthild, Director of the GiZU Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The statement has recalled that Germany, through GiZ, provides financial and technical support to the AUBP, including delimitation/demarcation, as well as cross-border cooperation, in a number of AU member states.

Launched in 2007, the AUBP has three main components: delimitation and demarcation of African borders where such exercise has not yet taken place; cross-border cooperation; and capacity building.

The overall objective is to prevent conflict and deepen integration.

The signing of these agreements is a further testimony to the commitment of the governments of Comoros, Seychelles and Tanzania to promote peace, security and stability in the region, as well as to further cooperation towards the sustainable and concerted management of marine resources, in line with the AUBP.

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