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Vol 55 No 11

Published 30th May 2014


Kinshasa challenges Luanda

In a row that could affect the oil industry, Congo-Kinshasa is again raising the temperature over maritime rights which Angola disputes

A long-simmering dispute about rights to the sea has worsened. Last year, Angola submitted a map to the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf which recognised Congo-Kinshasa’s jurisdiction over only a tiny triangle of sea off its coast. Kinshasa has rejected the map and that blocks the UN Commission’s planned examination in July and September of Angola’s plan to extend its exploration and other rights in the 200-nautical mile (370-kilometre) Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) to 350 miles. Deep offshore, potentially important oil resources are at stake.

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