New York - Sa'id Djinnit, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for West Africa, has praised Nigeria and Cameroon for their commitment that led to the transfer of sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon.
The UN scribe's special representative described the process leading to the transfer of the peninsula as a good example of preventive diplomacy.
In June 2006, the two countries signed the UN-backed Green tree Agreement, setting the terms and timeframe for implementation of the 2002 ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the demarcation of their border.
In line with the Court’s ruling, Nigeria formally ceded the territory in 2008, followed by a five-year transitional phase that ended on August 14, this year.
At the final meeting of the Follow-Up Committee established to monitor the implementation of the Greentree Agreement, Djinnit, who is also President of the Committee, commended both parties for their commitment.
He said the commitment by the parties had allowed them to finalise the process of implementing the agreement.
The meeting was held in Geneva between October 21 and October 22.
"This demonstrates their attachment to the rule of law and the good neighbourly spirit that prevails today between the two countries,’’ Djinnit said.
During the meeting, Cameroon and Nigeria signed a joint statement in which they confirmed that the five-year transition period ended on August 14, and that as of this date, Cameroon had full sovereignty over the Bakassi Peninsula.