Mr Abdul Bin Rimdap, Ambassador of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria, visited the CMS Secretariat in Bonn on 5 October
to discuss a range of current issues. The Ambassador has
a long experience in international institutions, in particular
in human rights and as member of Nigeria’s negotiating
delegation for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.
In his meeting with CMS Executive Secretary Robert Hepworth,
the Ambassador stressed the importance to his country
of international agreements, which are binding on parties
and can be legally enforced. As a result, they will have
a greater chance of successful implementation.
A particular focus of the talks was the forthcoming negotiation
in Paris later this month of a new CMS Agreement for the
Conservation of Gorillas, in which Nigeria will be a key
actor because of its population of endangered Cross River
Gorillas. These isolated Nigeria-Cameroon lowland gorillas
have been recognised as the subspecies Gorilla gorilla
diehli. The Ambassador stressed Nigeria's support for
a binding agreement to be negotiated under CMS. The Executive
Secretary felt encouraged by Nigeria's position, which
is believed to be shared by other key range states including
the Democratic Republic of Congo.
At the end of his visit, the Executive Secretary presented
the Ambassador with a special CMS crystal key ring and
looked toward to future meetings in Berlin or Bonn.