Security Council welcomes resolution of land dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon

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The 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 an agreement reached by the leaders of the two countries at Greentree Estate in New York in 2006, a special transitional regime was established for the hand over of the land.

In a statement issued on Thursday, members of the Security Council have welcomed the conclusion of the transition this week under the Greentree Agreement.

They praise 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 commend the efforts of a commission set up by the two countries in facilitating the process and the demarcating of the land and maritime boundary between them.

They encourage 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.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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