Chiume also assured the nation that there should be no cause for anxiety or alarm as the two countries were engaged in discussions so that an amicable solution is found on this long outstanding issue. In the statement Chiume also condemned the misrepresentation in both the local and international media that there was rising tension between Malawi and Tanganyika. This is far from the truth because we are discussing in an open and cordial manner with a view of reaching an agreement, said Chiume Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister of malawi He also appealed to the media not to cause unnecessary anxieties. Let us allow diplomacy to work, concluded Chiume. Malawi and Tanganyika have had rival claims over the lake from post-independence times and this has come to the fore over the recent gas and oil exploration licenses issued out by Malawi.