United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark has said the UN will only mediate in the Tanzania and Malawi lake dispute once dialogue has been exhausted.
Clark was speaking to journalists at Kamuzu International Airport on Sunday on her departure after a three-day visit to Malawi during which she held talks with President Joyce Banda and civil society organisations, among other things.
Clark confirmed that the president raised the issue of the lake dispute during their talk and the UNDP boss was convinced that Malawi wanted a peaceful end to the dispute.
But Clark said UN would look up to the regional and sub-regional bodies to solve the dispute before it could mediate.
"We encourage the two sides to dialogue. It is the best option and we don't want to see the worst option. Let's see how the international community and regional actors can resolve this," Clark said.
Clark said she would inform the UN Secretary General about recent developments on the matter and Malawi's commitment to dialogue.