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Cameroon, Nigeria lauded for ending Bakassi dispute

07 June 2016, 13:18

Lagos - The Chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, has congratulated the two countries for steps to finalise the land boundary demarcation.

Chambas, who is also the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel, said both parties had reviewed the essential issues and agreed on the need to resolve the outstanding issues through the implementation of a pragmatic roadmap.

They are prioritizing the rapid resolution of disagreement areas; the finalization of the land boundary demarcation and the launching of socio-economic projects intended for building confidence among the populations affected by the demarcation as well as the need to replenish the trust fund to complete the remaining tasks.

“I welcome the positive spirit of the two Heads of Delegations and commend them for their commitment to finalize the demarcation and enhance urgent support to the affected communities,” said Chambas.

Cameroon, which hosted the meeting, was represented by Vice-Prime Minister, Amadou Ali, while the Nigerian delegation was represented by the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

Also read: Bakassi Peninsula refugees to attend Biafra congress

Ali expressed the determination of his government to work with all sides to resolve the outstanding issues and fully implement the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling.

Malami reiterated the commitment of his country to complete the demarcation work on the remaining 100 km and take necessary steps to support address all outstanding challenges.

The meeting of the Heads of Delegation adopted a Final Communique Communique Final and agreed to convene the Parties for the next meeting in November 2016.

The two countries had differences over the Bakassi, a peninsula on the Gulf of Guinea.

It lies between the Cross River estuary, near the city of Calabar in the west, and the Rio del Ray estuary on the east. It is governed by Cameroon, following the transfer of sovereignty from neighbouring Nigeria as a result of a judgment by the ICJ.

In 2007, the Nigerian Senate rejected the transfer, since the Greentree Agreement ceding the area to Cameroon was contrary to sections of the 1999 Constitution.

Regardless, the territory was transferred to Cameroon in 2008.

News24 report that Biafra Nations Youth League (BNYL) maintained solidarity with communities displaced by the ceding of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon

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