Separatism in the Comoros: Some legal aspects

Gino J. Naldi

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Since its founding in 1963, the Organization of African Unity (OAU) has placed special emphasis on the preservation of the territorial integrity of African states. It has actively contributed to the development of relevant rules of international law, such as that of uti possidetis. Its opposition to the fragmentation of states has been absolute. However, the small island state of Comoros has challenged this state of affairs. The seemingly successful secession of ‘Anjouan’ has threatened the cherished principles of the OAU. This article critically analyzes the relationship between the principles at the heart of the dispute, those of self-determination and uti possidetis, and concludes that there is no legal proscription on the secession of ‘Anjouan’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-256
Number of pages10
JournalLeiden Journal of International Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1998

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