Nigeria, Cameroon working on border delineation

16:59, May 17, 2010      

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Nigeria and Cameroon have yet to complete the delineation of their common border, a senior official with the National Boundary Commission (NBC) has said.

Sadiq Diggi, the director-general of the commission, disclosed this on Sunday in Abuja at a forum with the News Agency of Nigeria.

Diggi said it was discovered during the exercise that some Cameroonian villages are placed in Nigeria, while some Nigerian villages fall into Cameroon.

"An example that I can give you is that there is a national road from Chad that moves into Cameroon very close to Nigeria's border," he told his audience.

"During our delineation, we realized that the road now forms the boundary between us and Cameroon, but we are still discussing with the Cameroonians," he said.

According to Diggi, the two countries would now sit down to discuss the problems of the affected communities with a view to resolving the issues involved before the end of the year.

Following a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague on Oct. 10, 2002, Nigeria ceded Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon.

The Nigeria/Cameroon Mixed Commission was subsequently established in the same year to see to the implementation of the ICJ judgment.

Since then, the commission has been organizing meetings to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries.



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