Cameroon Wins Border Dispute with Nigeria
The International Court of Justice has awarded the Bakassi peninsula, a marshland area of land with little value, except for fishing and offshore oil rights to Cameroon, rejecting Nigeria's claims. The decision was based on an agreement between Britain and Germany made in 1917. The dispute was referred to the Hague in 1994 after several clashes between the two countries. The ruling cannot be appealed and both sides have agreed to respect the court's judgment.
The dispute dates back more than 100 years, when the colonial powers in the region left the status of the area undecided after agreeing on the rest of the border between their colonies. Equatorial Guinea intervened in the dispute in 1999, and asked the Court to protect its rights in the Gulf of Guinea. The verdict ends eight years of legal battles between both countries, one of the longest in the history of the ICJ.