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179- Land and Maritime Delimitation and Sovereignty over Islands (Gabon/Equatorial Guinea)

On March 05th 2021, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea submitted to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) a compromise signed by the two States on November 15th 2016 and entered into force in March 2020. The Court is requested “to determine whether the legal titles, treaties and international conventions invoked by the Parties have the force of law in the relations between the Gabonese Republic and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in so far as they concern the delimitation of their common maritime and land boundaries and sovereignty over the islands of Mbanié/Mbañe, Cocotiers/Cocoteros and Conga”.

Both countries recognise as applicable to the dispute “the special Convention on the delimitation of French and Spanish possessions in West Africa, on the coasts of the Sahara and the Gulf of Guinea, signed in Paris on June 27th, 1900″. Gabon also recognise as applicable to the dispute ” the Convention demarcating the land and maritime frontiers of Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, signed in Bata on September 12th, 1974”.

This summary is provided for informational purposes only, does not involve the responsibility of Dome and should in no way be used as a substitute for a careful reading of the judgment and order of the case.