Mozambican government to ask UN for extension of continental platform

15 June 2010

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 June – The Mozambican government plans to ask the United Nations to add an area of 136,000 square kilometres to its continental platform raising the total to 676,000 square kilometres, a government spokesman said Monday in Maputo.

Mozambique currently has a continental platform of 540,000 square kilometres and plan to increase it beyond 200 nautical miles, said government spokesman, Victor Borges, at the end of the weekly Council of Ministers meeting.

“The proposal to extend the Mozambican continental platform beyond 200 nautical miles will be submitted to the United Nations Commission for Continental Platform Limits,” said Borges, who is also Mozambique’s Fisheries Minister.

If the UN accepts the request, Mozambique hopes to increase its fishing resources potential, Borges noted, without giving further details. (macauhub)