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Border Dispute: Nigeria Agrees to Drop ICJ Case Against Cameroon

Border Dispute: Nigeria Agrees to Drop ICJ Case Against Cameroon

Paru le vendredi, 08 mars 2024 11:59

Nigeria has agreed to continue with the process of border delineation as per the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling of October 10, 2002, Leonardo Santos Simoa, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Chairman of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission, announced on March 6 during an audience with Prime Minister Dion NGute. “We have received assurances from Nigeria to see the process through to completion,” Simoa stated, adding that a roadmap is needed to outline the steps towards successful completion of the operation.

Prime Minister Ngute welcomed the decision, stating there is no need for further interpretation of the ICJ’s 2002 ruling to finalize the common border delineation. He confirmed that there is now a “perfect agreement” between the two parties to finalize the work. However, progress has been stalled in three areas, including the villages of Rhumsiki and Kotcha in the Far North region, and Borne 8 in the North region, spanning 36 km. Some residents along the border have identified additional areas, such as the Beka arrondissement in the Faro department of the North region.

The colonial border dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria nearly escalated into an armed conflict in 1994 over the Bakassi peninsula in Cameroon’s southwest region. The matter was taken to the ICJ by Yaoundé, which declared itself competent to hear the case in 1998. In 2002, the ICJ ruled in favor of Cameroon’s sovereignty over Bakassi and clarified the border between the two countries. A mixed commission was established to implement this international court ruling, known as the Greentree Agreements. Since then, the commission has been working to demarcate the 2,000 km-long border between the two countries, extending from Lake Chad to the Gulf of Guinea.

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