Uganda, Kenya Resume Talks Over Disputed Island in Lake Victoria

Posted July 13, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 2,968 views


KAMPALA: A delegation of Ugandan ministers and surveyors is set to travel to Nairobi for a meeting with Kenyan officials to resolve the territorial dispute between the two countries over the island of Migingo in Lake Victoria.

James Mugume, the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, says the Ugandan team would include the ministers of foreign affairs, lands, agriculture and fisheries.

Mugume said Tuesday that the meeting would discuss procedures for the resumption of the stalled survey exercise to redraw the Uganda-Kenya border in Lake Victoria.

The Lands Ministry, which is spearheading the redrawing, confirmed that Minister Daudi Migereko, Lands Ministry Permanent Secretary Gabindadde Musoke and Director of Land Management Justin Bwogi would be part of the Ugandan delegation.

Lands Ministry Spokesman Denis Obbo said discussions were still at a high level, before the land experts could begin to determine the border.

Kenyan media on Tuesday quoted the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Professor George Saitoti, as saying that Kenya would be considering the boundaries for the islands as well as deciding whether or not they would have to review their boundaries to reflect the island as belonging to Kenya.

The row over the one-acre island has simmered since 2004 when Ugandan security forces pitched camp on the island in an effort to fight piracy on Lake Victoria.

Uganda Police are controlling security in Migingo in line with an agreement signed in Arusha, Tanzania, in April 2009 by Presidents Yoweri Museveni and Mwai Kibaki to resolve the dispute.

In 2009, the two countries instituted a survey to determine who owns the island.

The Ugandan team returned home for consultations and later returned for the survey. The Kenyan team also left for consultation, but did not return.

– Bernama

Source: Malaysian Digest

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