Minister of Foreign Affairs Ephraim Mganda Chiume says Tanzanian Minister responsible for Foreign Affairs Bernard Membe has assured him that his country will not go to war with Malawi over a border dispute in Lake Malawi, now poised to become a new oil and gas frontier. Chiume disclosed this in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA) in Maputo after a meeting with his Tanzania counterpart, assuring that the two countries activities and co-existence will continue as before. He said Tanzania President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete will make a formal assurance that there will be no war when he meets Malawi President Joyce Banda who has indicated that her government wants to resolve our differences diplomatically and amicably. The two leaders are set to meet in Maputo during the two-day summit of the Southern African Development Community, which begins Friday. Chiume said the issue of the border between Malawi and Tanzania is a bilateral issue between the two countries and that Malawi has refused to call it a conflict. As Malawi we are not calling it a conflict or dispute rather a misunderstanding and at this point we are going to sort it out ourselves without the inventions of other bodies, he said. Asked for his position on the rumor that the hidden issue behind the confusion is oil Chiume said: The issue is not about oil exploration, or fishing or drawing water from Lake Malawi, the issue here is about the border. I dont think we can dwell on these side issues and start isolating them, rather lets focus on how we can sort out the border issues and once we do that everything will fall into place, he said. At the same time: JB gets kudos for rejecting war President Joyce Banda has been applauded by Malawi and Tanzania press for pursuing a non-confrontation approach in the ongoing Lake Malawi (Nyasa) border dispute. Source: Nyasa times My take: Thanks God its going to be 50/50 peacefully.