Natural Resource Conflict: The Bakassi Lesson for Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan over Abyei
The split of Sudan into two sovereign states, Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan, in July 20 II did not come as a surprise to many interested parties to the Sudanese conflict. Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan have intensified their dispute over an oil rich border region of Abyei. This article looks at the history of another border dispute between Nigeria and Cameroun over Bakassi peninsula with the aim of identifying mistakes made by the two neighbors, Nigeria and Cameroun, in trying to resolve the dispute. Specifically, this study suggests paths Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan can follow to resolve their border dispute without committing the same mistakes made by Nigeria and Cameroun over Bakassi.
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