Bakassi: Ban Ki Moon commends Cameroun, Nigeria comitment to ICJ ruling

11 October 2012, Sweetcrude/African Press Organization (APO), NEW YORK — On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the ruling of the International Court of Justice on the border between Cameroon and Nigeria, the Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon has  commended the commitment of the Governments of both countries to honour the obligations of the ruling.

He also congratulates the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission for the commendable efforts it has made in implementing the International Court of Justice ruling, noting that the success of the Commission is an embodiment of an innovative approach to conflict resolution. By peacefully resolving their border dispute, Cameroon and Nigeria have provided a positive example for countries around the world facing similar challenges.

The Secretary-General stresses the importance of addressing the socio-economic, humanitarian and security needs of the populations affected by the demarcation process, including in the Bakassi area. He also highlights the importance of implementing confidence-building measures and fostering cross-border cooperation.

He also encourages both countries to reach an early agreement on the remaining 200 kilometres of land boundary in order to conclude the demarcation process. The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to continue its support to Cameroon and Nigeria in implementing the International Court of Justice ruling through the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission and the Follow-up Committee on the Greentree Agreement related to the Bakassi peninsula, both chaired by the United Nations.

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  • Nigeria must look out for the interest of the Bakassi people. It is such a shame that the government of Nigeria under Olusegun Obasanjo failed woefully to safeguard the interest of the people. In the 21 century, everybody should have the right to self determination. The least the Bakassi people should have been afforded is a referrendum for them to decide where they want to belong either Cameroun or Nigeria. Since Nigeria submitted to adjudication by the ICJ, it is of course bound by its ruling. It is however curious that the Goodluck Jonathan administration foreclosed any effort to appeal the ruling without dignifying requests for such an appeal with an explanation. May we urge the administration to relocate the Bakassi people, especially since they have representation in both the Cross Rivers State House of Assembly and the House of Representatives.