Global perspective Human stories

UN envoy calls for donors to help Cameroon and Nigeria solve border dispute

UN envoy calls for donors to help Cameroon and Nigeria solve border dispute

The United Nations envoy for West Africa has called on the international community to donate more money to help Cameroon and Nigeria peacefully resolve their border dispute.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah of Mauritania, told a UN-chaired panel that although some positive responses had been received from donors, much more was needed.

Mr. Ould-Abdallah was speaking in Abuja, Nigeria, at the just-concluded two-day meeting this week of the Mixed Commission – set up last year by the UN to help resolve the border dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria.

“The irony is that if they had chosen the other way and waged war, the international community would more readily spend hundreds of millions of dollars on humanitarian relief and other operations in Cameroon and Nigeria than spend today a considerably lesser amount for demarcating their border,” he told the panel.

At the end of the meeting, Mr. Ould-Abdallah hailed the spirit of collaboration between the two countries during the talks. The next meeting will be held in Yaounde, Cameroon, in December.