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Gabon Equatorial Guinea Border Row, Top Court Set To Deliver Judgement

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A 40-year border dispute between Gabon and Equatorial Guinea has officially been referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands.

The international court will now arbitrate in the protracted maritime row over oil-rich islands in the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa.

The two countries have been staking claim to the Mbanié, Cocotiers and Congas islands due to oil prospects, according to observers. The dispute dates back to 1972 and has considerably jolted diplomatic relations between the two neighbours.

The spat reached an all-time high recently when Gabonese soldiers moved to expel Equatorial Guinea citizens from the less than 100-acre island of Mbanié.

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At the side-lines of the ongoing global climate change conference in Marrakech, Morocco, yesterday, President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea and his Gabonese counterpart Bongo Ondimba signed a special agreement referring the matter to ICJ, which is the UN’s main judicial organ.

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The signing was witnessed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said the two leaders had demonstrated political willingness to amicably resolve the dispute.

“I commend President Nguema of Equatorial Guinea and President Bongo of the Gabonese Republic for demonstrating true political leadership, courage and wisdom in reaching this mutually acceptable agreement, in accordance with the spirit and letter of the United Nations Charter,” the UN boss said.

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He added: “Today’s event is a testimony to the determination of your countries to move with a common vision to strengthen and respect the international rule of law, and contribute to lasting peace and good neighbourly relations.”

The signing of the agreement is a culmination of winding negotiations that lasted decades but whose outcome the UN is optimistic will bring the matter to rest.

In September, the UN picked a Swiss legal expert Nicolas Michel as a special adviser to mediate in the conflict after it became apparent a quick fix was not in the offing in the dispute.

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But during the signing ceremony in Morocco this week, an optimistic Ban praised the two countries for the compromise. Documentation and the necessary paper work is now being finalised for submission to the ICJ.

“The UN and the international community stand proud of your accomplishment,” the UN Secretary-General remarked.

He urged countries facing similar border disputes to follow suit by exploring peaceful means of resolution devoid of name-calling and counter-accusations.

The Gabon-Equatorial Guinea dispute over rich islands rekindles memories of the Kenya-Uganda row over Migingo island in Lake Victoria.

The matter remains steeped in controversy, with Kenyan fishermen facing harassment by Ugandan security forces.

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About 40 Cameroonian Military Drown Off Atlantic Coast

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YAOUNDE — More than 34 Cameroonian military men heading to Bakassi Peninsula has been declared missing by the country’s defense minister. The soldiers drown in the atlantic ocean when their boat sink off cameroonian coast on their way to Bakassi Peninsula. Cameroon’s defense minister says at least 34 people have been declared missing after a military vessel sank off the country’s Atlantic coast.

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Joseph Beti Assomo said Monday that the military has been deployed to investigate. He says helicopters have rescued three soldiers and will continue the search.

Meanwhile Armed Forces from the republic of cameroon was reported to have killed at least 97 indigenes of the ceded oil rich Bakassi Peninsula last week.

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Assomo says 37 people were on board the ship, which was on a routine mission to the Bakassi peninsula when it sank Sunday.

The oil-rich Bakassi peninsula was handed over to Cameroon by Nigeria following an International Court of Justice ruling. Nigerian forces had occupied the area in the 1980s, leading to violent confrontations with Cameroon’s military.

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South Cameroon Freedom Fighters Merge And Becomes A Formidable Force

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Recently, southern Cameroon Freedom fighters who has been pressuring the Cameroonian Government and the United Nation to grant them the independent state of Ambazonia, merged together. Ever since this merger took place, the freedom fighters has recorded tremendous breakthroughs in their quest for freedom.

One of these milestone breakthroughs is the peaceful protest they had recently in Heusten Texas and United Nations Head Quarters in New York. They were also invited by the British Parliament relently to voice their grievances.

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Cameroon – Anglophone Crisis In Schools In North West And South West Synod Clerk Intervenes

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The Synod Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon, PCC, Rev Babila Fochang says that the Church as a body is not playing games with future of children nor can tell lies in the face of crisis rocking the two English speaking regions.

The Reverend Gentleman in one of his daily meditation says the only means to be free is to worship and believe in God

Rev Fochang wrote:

The Anglophone churches in Cameroon have been under serious attack with some Anglophone members of government daring to say that the churches are playing Pontus Pilate! Some church leaders are under surveillance with threats of arrests while pastors are threatened to say that all is well.

Now that media houses have been threatened that they will be shut down if they mention anything concerning what is going on, the prophetic voices remains the only outlet of truth.

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Today we are reminded of the threat on Jeremiah’s life because he prophesied the word of the Lord just as the Lord asked him to.

The message was that if the people fail to listen to God’s prophets and do what God wants, he was going to rain disaster upon the city. As it is, instead of heeding the prophet and turn to the Lord, it was the regular priests and prophets who led the people to sieze Jeremiah, saying, “You must die!…”

The officials of state then positioned themselves at the entrance of God’s house and it was prophets and priests who said, “This man must be sentenced to death because he had prophesied against this city…” Enemies in the house!

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Jeremiah told them he had only spoken what he was asked to by the Lord. Like Jeremiah the true prophetic voice can only say, “…Now reform your ways and your actions and obey the Lord your God… As for me, I am in your hands, do with me whatever you think is good and right.

Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood on yourselves and on this city, and on those who live in it, for in truth the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your hearing…” (26: 1-16). My people, history is proof that killing of prophets and human rights activists have never been the solution to suppress truth! Let us face issues and deal with them upfront! Arrests, torture, high handedness and threats to life won’t solve our problems!

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Our solution is to turn to the Lord especially during this season of Lent! Don’t treat fellow humans as animals! You can’t expect university students to go to school and function smoothly without internet! Not in this generation! God forbid this inhuman treatment and violation of human rights! Fear God and allow good citizens to enjoy their just rights; and by so doing we would all escape the wrath of God!
Via Cameroon Concord!

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E. Guinea – Obama Asue Congratulates The Ministry Of Information

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The Prime Minister of the Government, in charge of Administrative Coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue, presided over the meeting of the Directing Council with the directive of the Ministry of Information, Press and Radio. In addition to congratulating the department for its work, it has also recalled the challenges it must face for its smooth operation.

The council was held on Monday morning, January 30, at the ministerial headquarters of Malabo II, with the assistance of the Minister of Information, Press and Radio, Eugenio Nze Obiang; The Secretary of State, Miguel Angel Obiang Avoro and directors and heads of departments of the directorates general of the ministry.

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The Prime Minister, at the beginning of the meeting, congratulated the Ministry for its work and also reminded the sectors that must improve for its proper functioning: “At the end of the exercise it is necessary to analyze what has been done, and what remains do. The Government has established a program and it is the one that we must fulfill “.

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Among the items on the agenda of the Directing Council was the department’s action plan. In this section Obama Asue has said that a work plan based on clear priorities should be developed; Establish indicators to analyze the proper functioning of the plan and follow up on it.

He has also insisted on the training of human resources, because when qualified personnel are available, it is possible to work effectively.

In addition to the intervention of the Minister of Information, the department directors have also informed the Prime Minister about the functioning of their organs, their achievements, the support they need, and some of the shortcomings they entail.

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Text: Clemente Ela Ondo Onguene (DGPWIGE)
Photos: Julián Engonga (Press Prime Minister)
Equatorial Guinea Information and Press Office

Notice: The total or partial reproduction of this article or the accompanying images must be done, always and everywhere, with the mention of the source of origin (Equatorial Guinea Information and Press Office).

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Heavy Protest In Bamenda Cameroon By Anglophone Teachers And Lawyers

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Bamenda – A group of Anglophone lawyers took to the streets earlier this week to protest the use of french language in some of the countries legal codes and constitution. There was heavy tension and pandemonium in the north western cameroun capital city Bamenda. The city has been an epicenter of potest since early this week.

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Security forces clashed with the lawyers who were rightfully protesting the fact that there was no English version some of the legal codes and acts. Also they alleged that French language is being used to administer the courts where there are also English speaking parties in the said courts.

As a result of these protest by the lawyers, the teachers followed suite, protesting and demanding that Francophone teachers be removed from Anglophone schools. They demanded that the North west and south western regions of the country where English is the predominant language should be devoid of French teachers in their school.

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Meanwhile, peace has returned in most of the affected parts as at the time of this report.

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