The Assistant Secretary for U.S Department for State’s Bureau of African affairs, Tibor Nagy has reacted to Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya’s decision to release 333 detained in connection to the separatist crisis in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon.
In a tweet, Tibor Nagy said it is an encouraging first step toward peaceful dialogue in the Southwest and Northwest regions of Cameroon.
— Tibor Nagy (@AsstSecStateAF) October 3, 2019
President Biya, on Thursday announced the discontinuance of proceedings for 333 persons detained in connection to the Anglophone Crisis.
I have ordered the discontinuance of proceedings pending before Military Tribunals against 333 persons arrested for misdemeanours, in connection with the crisis in the North-West and South-West Regions.#CmrDialogue #PaulBiya#Cameroon
— President Paul BIYA (@PR_Paul_BIYA) October 3, 2019
Early September, Tibor Nagy urged the Cameroon government and separatist fighters to engage in a dialogue without preconditions in order to guarantee an effective academic year in the Anglophone regions of the country.
Talks to end the separatist crisis enters its 5th day today, at the Conference Center in the capital Yaoundé, led by Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute.
Worth noting is the fact that separatist leaders and activists are not part of the dialogue, raising the question on who the government is having the dialogue with.
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.