The border dispute between the Gabonese Republic and Equatorial Guinea came to an end on Sunday (17 September) after the successful mediation of President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire and Congolese President Major Marien Ngouabi.
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Background: The border dispute between the Gabonese Republic and Equatorial Guinea came to an end on Sunday (17 September) after the successful mediation of President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire and Congolese President Major Marien Ngouabi.
The Summit meeting of Central and East African States which was held earlier this month in Dar-es-Salaam, assigned Zaire and Congo to mediate in the dispute.
On Monday, 11 September one day before President Mobutu and President Ngouabi met to discuss mediation, the Gabonese Republic claimed troops from Equatorial Guinea had occupied several disputed islands.
A week later, the final communique of a conciliation conference convened at Kinshasa said both the Gabonese Republic and Equatorial Guinea had agreed to settle their differences peacefully, and both sides renounced any recourse to force.
After the meeting, the two mediators congratulated President Albert Bernard Bongo of the Gabonese Republic and President Nguema Macias of Equatorial Guinea for their common wish to settle their differences within the spirit of the Organisation of African Unity.
SYNOPSIS: President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire inspecting troops in Kinshase earlier this month, while he awaited the arrival of President Major Marien Ngouabi from the neighbouring People's Republic of the Congo.
The meeting began a successful mediation effort in the border dispute between the Gaboness Republic and Equatorial Guinea. President Mobutu and President Ngouabi, who was given a warm welcome on his arrival in Zaire, were assigned the peacemaking roles by the Summit meeting of Central and East African States in Dar-es-Salaam, earlier this month.
But the situation deteriorated before mediation could begin. Only a day before the Presidents met, President Bongo of the Gabonese Republic accused Equatorial Guinea's troops of violating the frontier by occupying several offshore islands.
However, the mediation went ahead and was successfully concluded in Kinshasa on September the 17th. Both the Gabonese Republic and Equatorial Guinea pledged to renounce force, and to settle their differences peacefully.