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Nigeria, Cameroon To Demarcate Border By End Of 2015

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 at 7:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa,  Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari and President Paul Biya have agreed to complete the demarcation of the land border between Nigeria and Cameroon by this year’s end.

This follows Buhari’s declaration in Yaounde on Wednesday that Nigeria would continue to respect the judgement of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that ceded the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon.

According to a communiqué issued on Thursday at the conclusion of Buhari’s official visit to Cameroon, both leaders welcomed the progress made thus far in the exercise which is being undertaken under the auspices of the United Nations.

According to the communique: “The two Heads of State took note of the satisfaction expressed by the United Nations Secretary-General in his most recent report on the work of the United Nations Office for West Africa from January to June 2015, regarding progress in the demarcation of the land boundary between  Cameroon and Nigeria.

“They agreed to endorse the recommendation of the United Nations  Secretary-General on the completion before the end of 2015, of the land border demarcation work, in order to concentrate on enhancing cross-border cooperation”.

The communiqué, also disclosed that Buhari and his host endorsed the commitments made at the Extraordinary Summit of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin Republic held on June 11, 2015 in Abuja.

Buhari and Biya further agreed to strengthen security collaboration along their common border under the auspices of the Nigeria-Cameroon Trans-Border Security Committee and within the framework of the implementation of the concept of strategic operations approved at the Abuja Summit.

They reaffirmed their determination to strengthen cooperation with other neighbouring countries for the rapid elimination of  terrorism and other security threats.