Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Cameroon-Nigeria Commission Tasks Committee On Boundary Pillars

The Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission (CNMC) has requested the committee on boundary demarcation to review the existing pillar emplacement project document in order to resume pillar emplacement works along the land boundaries between the two countries.

The commission requested the committee to prepare a comprehensive document reflecting the budget estimate for the operation with a view to funding mobilisation from bilateral and multilateral donors.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the 30th meeting of the CNMC in Abuja at the weekend. The commission also noted the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the Bakassi zone in compliance with the Greentree Agreement as contained in the report of the 16th observation mission of the zone and congratulated both countries for their commitment to peace and cooperation.

Concerning the resolution of the issue of Mada village as referred to in the Thomson-Marchand Declaration, they agreed on the terms of reference of the joint technical team mission to identify its location. Speaking at the opening of the meeting, Cameroonian Vice Prime Minister, Mr. Amadou Ali, reiterated the peaceful atmosphere which has been existing in the Bakassi Peninsula, backing it with the report of observer groups that visited the area.

While reaffirming the Cameroonian government's commitment to keeping a close eye and continuously ensuring respect for all commitments taken within the frame work of the Greentree Agreement regarding rights of Nigerians living in the zone, he condemned reports alleging harassment, persecution, torture and massacres that the population in Bakassi has been supposedly enduring.

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