- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 13, 2006

NIGERIA

Bakassi Peninsula handed to Cameroon

NEW YORK — Nigeria agreed to turn over the disputed oil-rich Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon after a meeting of the leaders of the neighboring West African states in New York yesterday, the United Nations said.

An agreement outlining the transfer of authority in accordance with a 2002 decision by the World Court granting sovereignty to Cameroon was signed in Manhasset, N.Y., at a meeting of Cameroonian President Paul Biya and his Nigerian counterpart, Olusegun Obasanjo.

The agreement capped a series of meetings hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his staff since Friday.

U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. and three smaller companies have a stake in Nigerian concessions in the area.

BRITAIN

Mourners pay tribute to CBS cameraman

LONDON — The funeral took place in Britain yesterday of CBS television cameraman Paul Douglas, who was killed alongside a colleague in a car-bomb attack in the Iraqi capital Baghdad two weeks ago.

Warm tributes were paid to Mr. Douglas as more than 300 mourners turned out for a service at Bedford Crematorium, 59 miles north of London, in front of a coffin draped in England’s Cross of St. George flag.

The attack that killed Mr. Douglas, 48, and sound man James Brolan, 42, also killed a U.S. soldier and interpreter and severely injured CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier, 39.

Miss Dozier has been flown back to the United States for treatment.

MONTENEGRO

Newest nation in EU recognized

PODGORICA — The tiny Balkan country of Montenegro gained recognition yesterday as the world’s newest independent state from the European Union and the former Yugoslav republics of Croatia and Macedonia.

EU foreign ministers acknowledged Montenegro as a “sovereign, independent” state in a statement on their future ties with Podgorica at their first regular talks since the May 21 referendum.

Montenegro formally declared its independence on June 3 after 55.5 percent of its voters supported separation from Serbia, with which it had been tied in a loose federation since 2003.

“The European Union and its member states have … decided that they will develop further their relations with the Republic of Montenegro as a sovereign, independent state,” its foreign ministers said.

SPAIN

Skinheads create umbrella group

MADRID — Spanish skinheads plan to pool forces by forming an umbrella group, said a Spanish police report quoted by radio Cadena Ser yesterday.

The skinheads plan to “consolidate in Spain” by forming “a single group of neo-Nazis of the same nationality,” the report said.

It said the aim of the organization would be to “eradicate gratuitous violence, to avoid detection and police listing [for members].”

Spanish skinheads, present among the more extreme fans of most Spanish soccer clubs, started to strengthen links during a concert in March near the central Spanish town of Guadalajara.

The station reported that police think Spanish skinheads are following orders from Volksfront International, an American extreme-right organization created in 1994 in Oregon.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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