Equatorial Guinea delivered yesterday to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague its reply in reference to the case against Gabon, consisting of a territorial dispute. A high-ranking delegation from Equatorial Guinea, including the agent in the case, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, has deposited the important document before the high judicial body of the United Nations.
Specifically, the Equatoguinean delegation was made up of a high legal committee belonging to the National Border Committee. Among them was the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Simeón Oyono Esono Angue; the Minister of Commerce, Pastor Micha Ondó Bile; and the Delegate Minister of Justice, Juan Olo Mba. Likewise, Derek Smith, Director of Foley Hoag, an international law firm in charge of representing the interests of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in this case against Gabon, was also present.
Following the protocol of the International Court of Justice, Equatorial Guinea delivered the reply of the case against Gabon, scrupulously following the times and forms established by the high institution of international law. In this way, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is scrupulously complying with the stages of this case, the root of which has been pitting both Central African countries against each other for more than four decades. After several failed negotiations, on November 15, 2016, the heads of state of both nations agreed to trust the International Court of Justice to resolve the conflict over the delimitation of their land and maritime borders in relation to the island of Mbañe and the islets of Cocotero and Conga.
The case agent, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, especially thanked the Judicial Secretary of the ICJ for the attention and consideration that all countries always receive from the Court.