Tighter Border Procedures Will Not Affect Close Relations With Cameroon, Says Equatorial Guinea
10 April 2012
Market Watch - 9 April 2012
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Procedures are aimed at controlling illegal immigration
The Government of Equatorial Guinea said today that relations with neighboring Cameroon remain strong, despite changes in security at the Kye-Ossi border. Security alterations were recently made in order to prevent people from entering Equatorial Guinea illegally.
Equatorial Guinea is a destination for people from nearby countries to enter illegally looking for work in its growing economy.
According to government officials, local authorities from both countries met to discuss and resolve the issue through diplomatic measures. "Cameroon is a friend to Equatorial Guinea," said President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, "and we strive to maintain excellent relations with them directly and through our involvement in various regional institutions."
The two countries have a history of cooperation. Since the Central African Community was restructured in the 1990s, they have worked together to promote economic and infrastructure development in the region. Both countries participate in the Central African Customs and Economic Union, which Equatorial Guinea joined in 1984, as well as the Central African Economic and Monetary Community.
Equatorial Guinea also addressed border issues with Gabon on February 25, 2011. The United Nations Secretary General praised the two countries for their "statesmanship" in solving the dispute and gave them full support from the United Nations.