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Minister of Communication clears the air on Cameroon’s suspension from AGOA

By Njix Sharon

The Minister of Communication, René Emmanuel Sadi has denied the allegations made by the United States on the Cameroonian defence and security forces on human rights violation.

Minister René Sadi described the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) suspension on Cameroon from January 1, 2020 as a misled act.

Speaking in Yaounde on Monday, November 18, the Minister expressed his regrets as the suspension comes at a time when the Government is taking measures to bring back peace to the country.

According to him, the United States’ decision to suspend Cameroon from AGOA could be linked to either ignorance or misunderstanding of the actual situation in the North and South West regions.

He also highlighted reasons why Cameroon strives to maintain security forces in the two anglophone regions.

” – ensure territorial integrity in the territory against armed separatists.
– protect people and property, what any country would do.”

The Minister of communication said that in this time of National instability, the World’s greatest power could have denounced the atrocities committed by the separatist fighters and not just accuse Cameroon’s defence and security forces of extrajudicial killings, unlawful detention and torture.

However, Minister Emmanuel Sadi applauded the longstanding relationship with between Cameroon and the United States of America and mentioned it as fruitful and beneficial especially In the field of military cooperation and the fight against terrorism.

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