A top American diplomat, Herman Jay Cohen has distanced himself from separatist leaders’ claims that he accepted an offer to be the spokesperson for Ambazonia during the Major National Dialogue which is ongoing at the Yaoundé conference center.
In a tweet the diplomat disclosed; “it is being falsely reported that I have accepted an offer to be “spokesperson for Ambazonia.” I am very flattered by this expression of confidence in my diplomacy, & regret I cannot take part in the negotiations. I highly recommend the Swiss govt’s mediating mechanism.”
It is being falsely reported that I have accepted an offer to be "spokesperson for Ambazonia." I am very flattered by this expression of confidence in my diplomacy, & regret I cannot take part in the negotiations. I highly recommend the Swiss govt's mediating mechanism. #Cameroon
— Herman J. Cohen (@CohenOnAfrica) October 1, 2019
Late September, detained Ambazonia leaders revealed that they had chosen the former US Assistant state for African Affairs as spokesperson to represent them at the international level.
The information was sent out in a communique signed by Dabney Yerima.
According to the communique, Herman Jay Cohen, American Diplomat had been appointed as Ambassador of Ambazonia to other nations. The same communique indicated that the American diplomat had given his accord.
The comminuque was released a few days after Herman Cohen disclosed that an international mediator is a better option to accelerate the end of violence in Cameroon’s English speaking areas.
In a tweet he said the National dialogue is a good step to end the crisis rocking Cameroon’s North West and South West region, but according to him, an international mediator, preferably from the US is a better option.
Cameroon’s major national dialogue began Monday, 30 September at the Yaoundé Conference Center. Rebel leaders are not attending the event, which has as objective to end a separatist conflict in the country’s Anglophone regions.
Nearly 3,000 people have died and half a million fled their homes since fighting broke out in 2017 between the army and armed fighters who want independence for Cameroon’s two English-speaking provinces.