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     11.09.2002

     Unofficial translation from Russian

PRESS RELEASE
On the Settlement of the Territorial Dispute Between Cameroon and Nigeria

     A meeting took place in Paris between President Paul Biya of Cameroon and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria through the mediation of the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, in the course of which the problem of a territorial dispute around the Bakassi Peninsula was discussed. It is being examined at the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ) at present.

     The presidents of the two African countries agreed to respect and implement the pending ICJ decision, establish an implementation mechanism, with UN support, and resume ministerial-level meetings of the Joint Commission on 30 September this year in Abuja, Nigeria. They also agreed on the need for confidence-building measures, including the eventual demilitarization of the Peninsula.

     The Russian side is in favor of a peaceful resolution of the territorial dispute on the basis of international law, dialogue, and political methods of settlement. We positively assess the mutual striving by Cameroon and Nigeria to assure tranquility in this border area and to eschew steps which would be at variance with the Paris agreements.

     September 10, 2002

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