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Cameroon: Visits resumed to prisoners of war

26-11-1997 News Release 97/47

ICRC delegates on 19 November resumed visits to 121 Nigerian prisoners of war and civilian internees detained by the Cameroonian authorities following fighting on the Bakassi peninsula in February and April 1996.

The ICRC began regular visits in May 1996, but these were interrupted by the Cameroonian government in August 1997.

On the Nigerian side, despite repeated representations to the authorities in Abuja, no information has yet been obtained regarding Cameroonian military personnel unaccounted for since the fighting in 1996.

The territorial dispute between Cameroon and Nigeria over the Bakassi peninsula was submitted to the International Court of Justice in 1994 but remains unresolved.