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    AU commends Botswana, Namibia for signing boundary treaty

    APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

    The African Union Commission (AUC) has congratulated Botswana and Namibia on the successful signing of their boundary treaty on 5 February 2018 in Windhoek, Namibia.

    The AU Tuesday said in a statement that the signing of the treaty is the culmination of a process that began with the joint submission of a request to the AUC in August 2015.

    The AUC subsequently facilitated a draft treaty review meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 15 to 17 June 2016, between the two countries.

    “This milestone not only strengthens the relations between the Republic of Botswana and the Republic of Namibia, but also demonstrates the commitment of the two countries to facilitate the free movement of people and to transform their common border into a pole of development,” the statement said.

    The border demarcation treaty between Botswana and Namibia makes reference to cross-border cooperation, further illustrating that at the heart of delimitation and demarcation processes is a vow to create bridges that promote local, regional and continental cooperation, the AUC added.

    The African Union Border Programme (AUBP) strongly encourages the ratification of the Niamey Convention on cross-border cooperation, as outlined in Article 11 of the 17 May 2012 Declaration of African Ministers in Charge of Border Issues, held in Niamey, Niger, it went on.

    It said the signing of this treaty “goes beyond solidifying bilateral cooperation; it also sets an excellent example to all member states to positively approach border treaties, cross-border cooperation and successful implementation of delimitation and demarcation of all borders by 2020”.


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