Angola presents proposal to extend its continental shelf in September

12 October 2015

Angola has already presented the United Nations with a proposal to extend the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles, the minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chikoti said Friday in Luanda.

“These issues take time, since it is a question that will be analysed on the basis of international law,” the minister said on the sidelines of the International Conference on Maritime Safety and Energy, organised by Angola, with the support of the United States and Italy, which ended Friday in Luanda.

Chikoti said the Angolan defence minister, João Lourenço, who had made the official delivery of the Angolan proposal at the United Nations last September.

“First we must understand the position of other countries. Angola has its vision, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the [Republic of] Congo, Gabon, Namibia have their own views, which may end up intersecting. That’s why these are matters that take a long time and can lead to bilateral negotiations between the countries,” said the minister, cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa. (macauhub/AO)