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Summary: 22 August 2008, Brussels – The European Union welcomes the transfer of authority in the western zone of the Bakassi peninsula from Nigeria to Cameroon, marking the end of the handover process begun in 2006.
The European Union is pleased by the courageous decision by Nigeria and Cameroon to resolve this territorial dispute peacefully by complying with the judgment of the International Court of Justice of 10 October 2002 and the provisions of the Greentree Agreement of 12 June 2006.
The European Union is closely following the security situation in the Gulf of Guinea and expresses its gratitude to the United Nations Secretary-General and his representative for West Africa for their involvement in the implementation of the Greentree Agreement, which constitutes a successful example of the peaceful resolution of a border dispute.
The Candidate Countries Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Armenia, align themselves with this declaration.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.