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Handover of the Bakassi Peninsula
(Aug. 12): The United States commends the Government of Cameroon and the Government of Nigeria for their commitment to the peaceful handover of the Bakassi peninsula on August 14, 2008. Full text
Sea Turtle Conservation and Shrimp Imports
(May 2): The chief component of the U.S. sea turtle conservation program is a requirement that commercial shrimp boats use sea turtle excluder devices (TEDs) to prevent the accidental drowning of sea turtles in shrimp trawls. The sixteen nations meeting this standard are: Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Madagascar, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Suriname, and Venezuela. Full Text