territorial dispute concerning Lake Malawi, thought to sit over highly coveted
oil and gas reserves.
third largest lake, while Tanzania says 50 percent is part of its territory.
The row, which goes back half a century, could worsen if significant oil and
gas discoveries are made.
believed Tanzania had raised tension by moves such as alleged intimidation of
Malawian fishermen on the lake, which also borders on Mozambique.
through dialogue but now it looks bigger than I thought. While in New York, I
wrote them (Tanzania) telling them that there is no point going on with the
dialogue,” Banda told a news conference in Lilongwe.
available for comment on Banda’s remarks.
Tanzania this month for talks on the dispute.
awarded oil exploration licences to UK-based Surestream Petroleum to search for
oil in Lake Malawi, which is known as Lake Nyasa in Tanzania.
Petroleum to postpone any planned drilling on the lake. The company has not yet
started to drill.
player in energy this year with several onshore and offshore gas finds,
attracting multinational energy concerns to the area.
for oil and gas in Tanzania’s Lake Tanganyika. The government is also
processing deals for deep sea exploration spots off Tanzania’s Indian Ocean
attracting scuba divers, and environmentalists are concerned that oil
exploration will disturb its freshwater ecosystem.