Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke on Thursday urged Nigeria and Cameroon to evolve ways of resolving the International Court of Justice ruling on the Bakassi Peninsula.
Imoke told the 12th Brainstorming Session of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, that, in spite of the ruling on Bakassi, both countries should work toward mutual resolution of the disputed areas.
The theme of the session was ‘The Bakassi Peninsula: Ten Years of ICJ Ruling and the Resultant Problems’.
He said, “If the Green Tree Agreement has not produced the intended outcome, both countries and the United Nations should begin discussion aimed at the review of the judgment. “Whatever the ICJ judgment say, the two countries can by agreement resolve the matter on ground.”
Imoke, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Mike Aniah, said agreement between Nigeria and Cameroon would supercede the ICJ judgment.
He urged the UN to bring the two states to a roundtable for a mutual settlement. The governor advised the two countries to take advantage of the ICJ provision of application for review of judgments.
He said, “We have to face the reality, the ICJ and Green Tree Agreement have not worked. “We either review these documents by engaging all the parties, through stipulated processes, or wait and allow the situation to play out with unintended consequences.”
Former External Affairs Minister, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, warned against use of force in reclaiming Bakassi from Cameroon.