Cameroon and Nigeria lauded for peaceful solution to conflict

Said Djinnit

Cameroon and Nigeria have been praised by the United Nations for their implementation of an international ruling on their dispute over the Bakassi peninsula.

The peninsula had been the subject of years of intense and sometimes violent disputes between the West African neighbours before they agreed to a UN-backed process to settle the matter.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) resolved the issue with a ruling in 2002.

Said Djinnit, the Secretray-General's Special Representative for West Africa said the two countries made the right decision.

"By the time they wanted to determine their border, there were some differences and so that's why they wisely decided to take the path of solving the issue legally, through the good office of the United Nations. So far they are doing this successfully."

Cameroon and Nigeria are currently agreeing on the demarcation of their 1950 kilometre border.

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