Nigeria: Nigeria, Cameroon, UN to hold meeting on framework for safe return of refugees

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria and Cameroon are to ‎hold a tripartite meeting with ‎the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in July this year with a view to agreeing on a framework for‎ the safe return of Nigerian refugees currently hosted by Cameroon.

This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of bilateral ‎talks in Abuja between President Muhammadu Buhari and visiting President Paul Biya of Cameroon.

The two leaders also expressed commitment to the upcoming second session of the regional security summit in Abuja on 14 May 2016, pledging to fully participate in the processes and to implement the outcome of the meeting to ensure peace and security in the Lake Chad Basin.‎

They commended the efforts of both the Cameroonian and Nigerian military under the multinational joint task force, especially the recent two joint operations conducted in Ngoshe and Kumti, both within Nigeria and the ongoing clearance operation, being carried out by militaries of the two countries to bring the activities of the terrorists to an end.

The communique said they‎ reaffirmed their commitment to continue support to the Multinational Joint Task Force till the Boko Haram is eliminated.

"They also welcomed ongoing discussions on the fate of arrested Boko Haram members in each of these countries and stressed the need for a judicial framework that will ensure their fair trial and, if need be, be transferred to their countries in accordance with international best practices," it stated.‎

On the economic front, Buhari and Biya ‎welcomed the increased interests by investors of both countries in each other’s economies as a measure that would strengthen and expand the mutual, beneficial economic cooperation between the two countries.

"They pledged readiness to work together to harness the investment potentials that both countries have in order to open up opportunities for their people and urged the ministers of economy in the two countries to convene the Nigeria, Cameroon forum in Abuja as soon as possible.

"They welcomed reports from a meeting between the two countries on the modalities for the construction of a bridge over the Nile Tier river that will link Belel in Nigeria and Damsan in Cameroon and related infrastructure along the Jabi Lamba Garuwa corridor and directed for the early signing of the MoU and terms of reference as well as the execution of the project.

"Concerning the demarcation of borders in the remaining areas between the two countries, both leaders agreed that following the gradual return of peace to affected areas experts of both countries should resume the demarcation exercise as soon as possible.

"The two Presidents welcomed the border agreement in the domain of High Carbon which has already been initialled and have agreed to take concrete measures towards signing," the communique added.
-0- PANA MON/AR 4May2016

04 may 2016 18:32:35




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