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Image courtesy of Graphic Online: Major General Emmanuel Kotia and Mr Douti Lardja being briefed on the border dispute

Ghana and Togo have resolved a long-standing land boundary dispute between the two counties at the Pumakom border in the Pusiga District in the Upper East Region.

The Ghana Boundary Commission and the Togo Lands Commission, agreed that per as shown by the legal and national demarcation documents prepared in the 1920s, the Kolpelig River was the official boundary separating the two countries.

Major General Dr Emmanuel Kotia, the National Coordinator of the Ghana Boundary Commission, said ‘after a joint discussion and visit to the places of contention, the two countries had clearly understood and appreciated the issue and had resolved to let peace prevail.’

“We had a very fruitful discussion after jointly going round the areas of contention and agreeing that we go back to the legal document that was established as far back as 1927,” Kotia said.

He explained that the map, produced in 1927, had the Kolpelig River as the internationally accepted boundary separating the two countries, but which had been misunderstood by some Togolese.

The Secretary to the Lands Commission of Togo, Mr Douti Lardja, said the Kolpelig River was the boundary between the two countries and that they had agreed to bring a permanent resolution to the matter.

There had been many disagreements over the years between the two countries regarding a pillar and landmark boundary along the Kolpelig River situated between the towns of Konugu in Togo, and Gariki and Beliting in Ghana .

Kotia said the commission would ensure that a joint sensitisation programme was carried out for the people of Cinkassé and Pulmakom to understand the outcome of the resolution of the boundary dispute.