This Day (Lagos)

17 December 2012

Nigeria: Bakassi - Nigeria, Cameroon Agree to Expedite Demarcation Process

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Bakassi protesters.

Nigeria and Cameroon have agreed to expedite the process of the demarcation of land based areas which are yet to be identified in the Bakassi Peninsula.

This was after a United Nations backed meeting between officials of both countries in Abuja ended last weekend. The meeting was the 30th in a series of meeting on the implementation of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) judgment on the demarcation of the peninsula between the two countries.

According to a statement issued by the UN headquarters in New York, the Joint technical team of surveyors and other experts would be deployed to the Peninsula by February 2013 to expedite the process and to commence the pillar emplacement project.

The Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA), Ambassador Said Djinnit, at the meeting emphasized that addressing the needs of the affected citizens of both countries is the major issue that should be given priority.

This, he said, would not only give a human face to the technical and political processes of the demarcation but would help to foster lasting peace among the communities in the region.

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