The Ambassador of Equatorial Guinea in Brussels, and the country’s agent before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in its case against Gabon, has traveled to Washington to work with the international law firm on the latest updates on the case.
The Minister of Commerce of Equatorial Guinea and current vice president of the Border Commission, Pastor Micha Ondó Bile, has also been present in the North American city to work in the sessions with the Foley Hoag law firm. Specifically, the mission in Washington has focused on analyzing the counter-memorial that the Gabonese delegation has just delivered to the Court, regarding this territorial dispute.
The delegation of Equatorial Guinea already delivered to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, last October, its memorandum regarding this case against Gabon.
As we have already reported on this website, Equatorial Guinea is facing a conflict over the delimitation of its land and sea borders and over the sovereignty of the islands of Mbañé, Cocotero and Conga, which has been creating a misunderstanding between our country and the Republic Gabonese since 1972. It is for this reason that both countries have sought the best mechanism to peacefully resolve this conflict.
The President of the Republic, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, has been playing a fundamental role in this case against Gabon for years, always trying to guide the possible solution towards bilateral dialogue. Finally, in 2016, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon signed a commitment in Marrakech with the mediation of the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Bank Ki-moon, by means of which they undertook to send the matter to the International Court of Justice.