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Official: Eq. Guinea re-opens border with Cameroon

January 20, 2014

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon’s foreign minister says Equatorial Guinea has re-opened the border between the two countries three weeks after closing it out of concern over “clandestine migrants.”

Pierre Moukoko Mbonjo announced on state radio that the border was re-opened Monday following a weekend meeting with his counterpart from Equatorial Guinea, Agapito Mba Mokuy.

In separate remarks, Mokuy said the government had not officially closed the border and that his government was merely trying to ensure that “only people with visas get in.”

Cameroonian traders, however, complained about being stranded for three weeks without explanation.

The move violated an agreement by Central African countries to allow free movement among countries in the region beginning this year.

Equatorial Guinea has criticized the new policy, saying it is not ready to be implemented.

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