Angola proposes to extend continental platform in 2013

31 May 2013

Angola plans this year to put forward a report to allow it to extend its continental platform to beyond 200 nautical miles, based on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), vice admiral Joaquim de Almeida Bambi said in Luanda Thursday.

The vice admiral and secretary-general and technical coordinator of the inter-Ministry Commission to Delineate and Demarcate Angola’s Marine Areas also said that Angola’s territory would be expanded up to 350 nautical miles, under the terms of article 76 of the United Nations Convention on the Laws of the Sea, which entitles each member state to extend its respective continental platform.

The Minister for National Defence, Cândido Pereira Van-Dúnem, noted the importance of these meetings due to the proximity of the date for presenting the report and at a time when the technical and legal arguments are being concluded.

According to Angolan news agency Angop, the seminar consisted of presentations by Brazilian specialists working with the Inter-Ministry Commission on the technical aspects of Angola’s proposal. (macauhub)