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Border dispute: Angola, Congo agree to settle border dispute

Brazzaville, Congo - Angolan and Congolese governments have agreed to settle a boundary dispute that has strained the relations between the two countries, the Congolese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation announced Tuesday.

The announcement followed a meeting held in Cabinda, Angola.

The dispute concerns the border line separating the Angolan locality of Miconje from the Congolese province.

The demarcation of the common border between the two countries up to the Congolese village of Pangui and the Angolan village of Miconje in October 2013 had caused serious incidents.

Angolan soldiers were deployed in five villages located in the Kimongo District of Congo's Niari department and took hostage nearly 50 Congolese soldiers .

Following the incident, the two governments agreed to meet to find a peaceful solution to the border dispute.

Thus, Angolan and Congolese experts met from 26-28 Feb in Pointe-Noire, Congo, ahead of another meeting between the two countries' Foreign Ministers - Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti for Angola and Basile to Ikouiébé for Congo.

At the meeting, the ministers agreed that Pangui village is part of the Congolese territory, and recommended the stationing of security forces at the border to continue to work in a spirit of cooperation and discipline.

The two governments have also lifted measures restricting the free movement of people and goods across the Pangui-Miconje border, prior to the signing of the agreement establishing a Joint Technical Commission of experts on border matters.

The ministers also recommended the holding, as soon as possible, of the 7th Session of the Angola/Congo Joint Commission in Brazzaville.

Pana 19/03/2014