Nigeria-Cameroon: UN Security Council commends on Bakassi Pennisula

The United Nation Security Council has welcomed the final resolution of the dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon over the Bakassi Peninsula.

The potentially resource-rich land on the Atlantic coast was a source of tensions between the two countries until the International Court of Justice ruled in 2002 that it is part of Cameroon not Nigeria.

Under a UN-backed agreement reached by the leaders of the two countries at Greentree Estate in New York, US, in 2006, a special transitional regime was established for the hand over of the land.

A PANA correspondent in New York, quoting a UN statement issued on Friday, reported that members of the Security Council welcomed the conclusion of the transition this week under the Greentree Agreement.

They praised the governments of Cameroon and Nigeria for their commitment in honouring their obligations to comply with the decisions of the International Court of Justice.

The members of the Security Council also commended the efforts of a commission set up by the two countries to facilitate the process and the demarcation of the land and maritime boundaries between them.

They, however, encouraged the governments of Nigeria and Cameroon to continue to enhance cross-border, confidence-building measures that address the security and the well-being of the populations affected by the demarcation process.

The Council also commended the role played by the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA) in chairing the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission and the Follow Up Committee established to monitor the implementation of the Greentree Agreement.

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