Cabo Verde presents request from seven countries to extend continental shelf to UN

12 June 2014

Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) is set to hand in a request to the United Nations (UN) along with six other West African countries to extend their continental shelves beyond 200 nautical miles, according to the final statement of a ministerial meeting held Wednesday in Praia.

The document from the 7th ministerial meeting on setting the outer limits of the continental shelf at over 200 nautical miles notes that the presentation will be made at the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in September.

The meeting in Praia was attended by delegations from Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Mauritania, Senegal and Sierra Leone, as well as from Norway, which funded and provided technical support for the studies.

At the meeting’s opening ceremony Cabo Verde’s Foreign Relations Minister, Jorge Borges, and the Norwegian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Morten Hoglund, said that the technical part of the studies for extension of the continental shelf of the seven countries had been concluded.

According to international the “territorial sea” extends up to 12 miles from the coast, and each state has absolute jurisdiction over this area. This is followed by the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which extends up to 200 miles and, finally, the continental shelf, extends up to 350 miles from the coast of each state. (macauhub/CV)