8/16/2008

Ceding control

Nigeria hands territory to Cameroon

Nigeria has handed control of the Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon, theoretically ending a 15-year territorial dispute. However, Cameroon may struggle to assert its control over the region.

The handover of the potentially oil-rich Bakassi peninsula was completed on August 14th, in theory resolving a long-running territorial dispute. Nigeria and Cameroon nearly went to war over the area in 1994--when Cameroon first took its case to the International Court of Justice (ICJ)--and in 1996. In 2002 the ICJ ruled in Cameroon's favour, and while Nigeria initially rejected the court ruling, it agreed in 2006 to hand over the territory. Nigerian security forces have subsequently been ceding control of parts of Bakassi, and the handover of remaining areas completes the process. ...



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