15 August 2013

Cameroon: Security Council Press Statement On Bakassi Peninsula Developments

Photo: David Hecht/IRIN
Hundreds of houses in Bakassi's coastal town of Atonbong West have fallen into the sea

press release

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President María Cristina Perceval ( Argentina):

The members of the Security Council welcome the peaceful conclusion on 13 August 2013 of the special transitional regime established by the Greentree Agreement concerning the Bakassi Peninsula.

The members of the Security Council praise the Governments of Cameroon and Nigeria for their commitment in honouring their obligations to comply with the decisions of the International Court of Justice and for the responsible and peaceful way in which they have resolved their differences on this matter.

The members of the Security Council commend the efforts of the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission in facilitating the performance of the obligations under the judgment of the International Court of Justice and the demarcating of the land and maritime boundary between Cameroon and Nigeria.

The members of the Security Council commend the role played by the United Nations Office for West Africa (UNOWA), in particular, the efforts of the Secretary-General's Special Representative for West Africa in chairing the Cameroon-Nigeria Mixed Commission and the Follow-Up Committee established to monitor the implementation of the Greentree Agreement.

The members of the Security Council encourage the Governments of Cameroon and Nigeria to continue to enhance cross-border confidence-building measures that address the security and well-being of the populations affected by the demarcation process.

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