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Title:Nigeria and Cameroon: Diplomacy in the Delta
Author:Cornwell, Richard
Periodical:African Security Review
Geographic terms:Cameroon
Subjects:boundary conflicts
foreign policy
Politics and Government
Inter-African Relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10246029.2006.9627621
Abstract:On 14 August 2006, Nigerian troops in the disputed territory of Bakassi formally handed control of the area to representatives of the government of Cameroon. This development marks a victory for African diplomacy and was hailed as such by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and by various countries. It came about as the result of an agreement signed on 12 June 2006 by Presidents Obasanjo (Nigeria) and Biya (Cameroon). This also constituted a significant step towards the resolution of a border dispute that has simmered between the two countries for decades - the status of Bakassi was already in question as early as the beginning of the 20th century -, bringing them close to war in 1981 and marked by sporadic clashes throughout much of the 1990s. [ASC Leiden abstract]