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African Union reaffirms support for peace, stability and national reconciliation in Cameroon

The African Union on Saturday asserted its support for calm to return to the English speaking regions of Cameroon.

In a statement published on the African union’s website in English and French, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat reaffirmed the African Union’s support for any initiative aimed at peace, stability and national reconciliation in Cameroon, and reiterates the Commission’s readiness to contribute to this initiative.

The statement added that the Chairperson encourages all parties to engage in this path in a spirit of compromise with a view to reach a political solution, and put the national interest of the country above all other considerations.

The assistant Secretary for U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, Tibor Nagy, took twitter welcoming the AUC chiar’s statement.

“We welcome the statement of AU Commissioner Moussa Faki encouraging all parties in the conflict in Northwest & Southwest Cameroon to engage in dialogue with a view to reach a political solution, and put the national interest of the country above all other considerations.”

 

Political Dialogue for Peace in Cameroon

Last week Switzerland’s ambassador to Cameroon said his government is trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the unrest in the English speaking regions in which an estimated 2,000 have died. Ambassador Pietro Lazzeri said the negotiations are being guided by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

But the conveners of the Anglophone General Conference think the crisis should be solved by Cameroonians and not foreigners.  Last week Cardinal Tumi said the crisis rocking the North West and South West regions of Cameroon is an internal affair and should thus be solved by Cameroonians.

The AGC feels any foreign mediation must be done by a pool of countries and international organisations “whose roles should be clearly defined as supervisory and guarantors of the implementation arrived at any dialogue or negotiations.”

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