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Nigeria, Cameroon Pledge to Continue Implementing New Border


United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, center, speaks to the press after his meeting with President Paul Biya of Cameroon, right, and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria
The presidents of Nigeria and Cameroon say they will continue implementing a world court decision on their shared border, following talks with U.N. chief Kofi Annan in Geneva.

Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Cameroon leader Paul Biya also agreed to negotiate a new date for Nigeria's withdrawal from the Bakassi peninsula.

Nigeria was set to hand over control of the oil-rich peninsula to Cameroon last September, under a 2002 ruling. But Nigeria missed the deadline.

In Wednesday statement, both presidents also welcomed progress already made in marking their 1,600 kilometer boundary.

While tension over Bakassi continues, the two nations have already exchanged several villages near Lake Chad.

Cameroon and Nigeria have fought for control of the peninsula, which, along with crude oil, consists of wetlands rich in fish stocks.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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