Friday, August 15, 2008

Nigeria Turns Over Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon

CameroonNigeria  In 2002, the International Court of Justice ruled that a 1,200-square-mile stretch of marshland between Cameroon and Nigeria should be awarded to Cameroon.

The government of Nigeria has now officially handed over the territory to Cameroon, in a ceremony held yesterday.  It was observed by officials from the United Nations.  You might be able to find further details and perhaps some photos by searching the Internet.

This is a prime example of how two nations resolved a territorial dispute by submitting it to the International Court of Justice.  The nations could have gone to war, but instead they allowed the World Court to settle the matter for them.  The process was not immediate (it has been six years since the judgment was issued, and even longer since the case was first filed in The Hague in 1994), but it was peaceful and it worked.   

(mew)

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