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
“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.
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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
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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