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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Question for May 20, 1994

1. NIGERIA-CAMEROON

Q. What is the U.S. position on the border dispute between Nigeria and Cameroon over the Bakassi Peninsula?

A. THE UNITED STATES REMAINS CONCERNED BY BORDER TENSIONS BETWEEN CAMEROON AND NIGERIA.

--WE BELIEVE TERRITORIAL CLAIMS SHOULD BE RESOLVED BETWEEN SOVEREIGN STATES USING -- AS APPROPRIATE -- BILATERAL, REGIONAL OR INTERNATIONAL FORA.

--WE REGRET THE LOSS OF LIFE DURING SKIRMISHES BETWEEN ARMED FORCES OF THE TWO COUNTRIES IN THE AREA OF THE BAKASSI PENINSULA. WE BELIEVE THAT THE CONTINUED PRESENCE OF TROOPS INCREASES THE RISK OF FURTHER MILITARY CONFRONTATION.

--THE UNITED STATES CALLS ON CAMEROON AND NIGERIA TO EXERCISE RESTRAINT AND AVOID THE USE OF FORCE WHILE REDOUBLING THEIR EFFORTS TO SEEK A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION.(###)

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