Equatorial Guinea has delivered this week to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague its memory in reference to the territorial dispute against Gabon. A high delegation from Equatorial Guinea, including the agent in the case, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, has deposited the important document with the high judicial body of the United Nations.
Specifically, the Equatorial Guinean delegation was made up of a high legal committee belonging to the National Border Committee. Also present was Derek Smith, Director of Foley Hoag, an international legal firm responsible for representing the interests of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
Following the protocol of the International Court of Justice, Equatorial Guinea delivered the memory of the case, scrupulously following the times and forms set by the high institution of international law. In this way, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea officially took the first judicial step to solve the problem that has been facing both Central African countries for just over 4 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 of delimitation of their land and maritime borders in relation to the island of Mbañe and the islets of Cocotero and Conga.
The agent in the case, Carmelo Nvono-Ncá, especially thanked the Judicial Secretary of the ICJ for the attention and consideration that all countries always receive from the Court.