Leadership (Abuja)

13 December 2012

Nigeria: UN Will Support Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission - UN

The UN says it will support the process and activities of the Nigeria-Cameroon Mixed Commission to ensure its successful completion.

The representative of the UN Secretary-Genera, Ban Ki-moon, made this known on Thursday in Abuja at the 30th session of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission's, with theme: 'Towards a Friendly and Brotherly Resolution of Cameroon-Nigeria Boundary."

Ban was represented by Mr Said Djinnit, Chair of the commission.

"UN remains committed, within its capacities and resources, to ensuring that the process of the mixed commission is completed."

He said that the commission paid particular attention to the needs of the populations affected by the demarcation through confidence building initiatives and cross-border socio-economic projects.

"This aspect is key, not only to give a human dimension to the technical and political process of the demarcation but to also bridge the communities together across the border," he said.

Ban commended the two countries for their commitment to ensuring the implementation process of the International Court of Justice ruling.

"The mmixed commission is successful because both delegations acted in good faith and with a sense of purpose throughout the process.

"It is also successful because it focuses on the factual evidence to resolve a combination of legal and cartographic issues, bearing in mind the needs of the affected populations," he said.

He commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his unwavering commitment to the ICJ ruling, "despite political pressures."

Also speaking, Mr Amadou Ali, Vice Prime Minister and Head of Cameroon's Delegation, expressed gratitude to the members of the Joint Technical Team for their courage and dedication to work.

"We must continue to follow our task in this good spirit which has characterised the execution of our last missions in order to complete the remaining work."

Ali claimed that media reports on harassment, persecution, torture and massacre that the population of Bakassi was supposedly enduring, was not true.

"All these allegations have as main goal, the hindrance of peaceful implementation of the ICJ judgement of Oct. 10, 2002 as decided by our two heads of states with the assistance of the UN," he said.

He said that the Government of Cameroon was committed to supporting and protecting the rights of Nigerians living in the affected zone.

He, however, urged the two countries to ensure peaceful cohabitation, adding that the governments would duly resolve the security challenges that were common to the two countries.

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