Angolan parliament approves law that defines countries sea borders

20 May 2010

Luanda, Angola, 20 May – The Angolan parliament Wednesday unanimously approved the country’s marine areas law which precisely defines the country’s sea borders.

According to a report from three commissions of the Angolan parliament, unlike the previous law, the new law defines the exact extent of domestic waters, territorial sea, contiguous area, exclusive economic zone and continental platform.

The law also sets the limits of the sea areas under national jurisdiction and the exercise of power of the Angolan state, the responsibilities of civil and criminal jurisdiction as well as of a personal and material nature that Angola has in sea areas.

Angola and its neighbour the Democratic Republic of Congo until recently were in dispute about some of the sea area near Cabinda where some of Angola’s main oil blocks are located. (macauhub)