Cameroon Anglophone Crisis: What is the International Community saying?

October 1st 2017 has been added to the History of Cameroon, as a day not to be forgotten, a day which recorded the highest number of deaths ever since the Anglophone crisis in the two English speaking regions in Cameroon was exposed to the rest of the World.

The latest developments on this is, international organizations to which Cameroon belongs to have begun reacting to the situation in the country, joining their voices with that of the president of Cameroon, Paul Biya who called for dialogue and condemned violence on his Facebook page on Sunday from Switzerland.

President Biya Calls for Peaceful Dialogue

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called on Cameroon to probe deadly attacks in the country’s restless English-speaking region after protests leading to a symbolic declaration of independence. He called on “political leaders on both sides to appeal to their followers to refrain from any further acts of violence, and to unequivocally condemn all actions that undermine the peace, stability and unity of the country.” Guterres also urged “representatives of the Anglophone community to … (seek) solutions to the community’s grievances, within the framework of the Cameroonian constitution.”

Also, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, through the Commonwealth website encouraged the Government of Cameroon and all concerned stakeholders to continue to exercise responsibility and restraint and use peaceful and constructive means to de-escalate the situation. She said, “I appeal to the government and the people of the two Anglophone regions to engage in genuine dialogue, and to put the interest of the nation above all others.”

To add to the list is the Secretary General of La Francophonie Michaelle Jean who has denounced the recent spate of violence witnessed in the North and South West Regions. In a communiqué signed 2nd October, she expresses concern following the continuous violence that has destabilized both regions. “The ongoing tension in these regions is very worrisome. Violence should never become a means of expressing grievances” the communiqué read.

Next is the European Union which has called on all sides to be responsible and “respect the rule of law and avoid any act of violence.”

The UN’s call  for dialogue, ties with a similar call by President Paul Biya and the Minister of Communications Issa Tchiroma Bakary in a press briefing in Yaoundé, yesterday. It is, however, not known the nature of the dialogue that they are talking about, how it will start, when it will start and who will be involved.







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