[dehai-news] (Xinhua) Regional ministers urge AU to demarcate int'l boundaries among member states


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From: Biniam Tekle (biniamt@dehai.org)
Date: Wed Nov 19 2008 - 10:21:29 EST


  Regional ministers urge AU to demarcate int'l boundaries among member
states
     *www.chinaview.cn* <http://www.chinaview.cn/index.htm> *2008-11-19
20:56:27*

    KAMPALA, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Ministers from 14 African countries have
urged the African Union (AU) to demarcate international boundaries among
member states in a bid to reduce the increasing number of boundary
conflicts, a top government official said here on Wednesday.

    Kasirivu Atwooki, Uganda's minister of state for lands told reporters
that member countries under the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for
Development (RCMRD) resolved that international boundaries among African
states need to be redrawn.

    "This is one thing we need to undertake so that boundaries are well
marked to avoid unnecessary conflicts," he said flanked by Hussein Farah the
Director General of RCMRD.

    Farah said the colonial masters did not carry out the actual mapping and
surveying but just signed legal instruments describing where the boundaries
should be.

    "Our task now is to accurately determine without any bias exactly where
these boundaries are," he said.

    Several countries in Africa are facing boundary disputes like
Ethiopia-Eritrea, Kenya-Uganda, Uganda-the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    The ministers were attending the 6th conference of ministers of RCMRD in
Entebbe, 40 km south of Kampala. The eight-day conference ended on Tuesday.

    It drew delegates from Botswana, Comoros, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho,
Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania,
Uganda and Zambia to devise means of mobilizing funds for quality surveying.

    RCMRD was formed under the auspices of the United Nations Economic
Commission for Africa and the African Union to provide services in
surveying, mapping, and remote sensing to its member states.
    Editor: Bi Mingxin

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