NIGERIA'S CONTINUING PRESENCE ON CAMEROON'S BAKASSI PENINSULA -- (Extensions of Remarks - May 20, 2005)
HON. JOHN R. CARTER
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2005
Mr. CARTER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to call attention to a continuing threat to the longstanding goal of the United States to diversify our energy sources. Nigeria refuses to return full sovereign control of the oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon. The International Court of Justice has confirmed Cameroon as the rightful owner of this territory. However, President Obasanjo has not withdrawn Nigerian troops from the peninsula, despite having promised to do so by September 2004.
Mr. Speaker, Nigeria's intransigence in Cameroon threatens to jeopardize the United States' energy security. I agree that Nigeria, despite its turbulent history, has been a valuable source of oil for the United States over the years. However, America's interests would be better served by Cameroon becoming another such source-a stable, independent source. Nigeria must return control of the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon.