UN chief to meet with presidents of Gabon, Equatorial Guinea over border dispute

09:56, February 25, 2011      

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UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon is to meet the presidents of the Gabonese Republic and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea on the border dispute between the two countries on Friday at the UN Headquarters in New York, UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky said on Thursday.

"At the invitation of the secretary-general," Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba and President of Equatorial Guinea Obiang Nguema Mbasogo will gather on Friday at the UN Headquarters to discuss the ongoing UN-led mediation on the border dispute, Nesirky said at a daily news briefing.

"It will be the first time that the two heads of state will meet to talk specifically about this issue," he said.

The meeting is expected to constitute a "meaningful step" toward the submission of the dispute to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as well as in the overall relations between the two countries, the spokesman added.

At present, Gabon is one of the 10 non-permanent members of the UN Security Council.

Source: Xinhua

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