The Secretary-General met today 24 September with the President of Equatorial Guinea, H.E. Mr. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General and Mediator of the border dispute between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, Mr. Nicolas Michel, also attended the meeting.
The Secretary-General reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to continue to lend support to the efforts of Equatorial Guinea and Gabon towards a peaceful settlement of their border dispute by submitting the case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Secretary-General and the President agreed on the importance of concluding the mediation process in a timely manner.
The Secretary-General also welcomed the final Statement of the Conference of the Heads of States of the Communauté économique et monétaire de l’Afrique centrale (CEMAC) of 25 July 2012, which encourages the parties to “find a peaceful settlement of their border dispute by jointly exploiting the resources of the contested zone.