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UN SG Antonio Guterres welcomes the announcement of a national dialogue in Cameroon

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres has welcomed the announcement by Cameroon’s president to launch a national dialogue, a statement from his Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric has said.

Guterres “encourages the Government of Cameroon to ensure that the process is inclusive and addresses the challenges facing the country,” the statement further revealed.
The UN SG “calls on all Cameroonian stakeholders, including the Diaspora, to participate in this effort. The Secretary-General reiterates the readiness of the United Nations to support the dialogue process.”

In an untraditional address to Cameroonians yesterday, President Paul Biya said a national dialogue will be launched by the end of September 2019, to solve the ongoing 3 – year conflict which has greatly affected the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon.

The long time ruler announced that after many consultations with several persons on the crisis and the Prime Minister’s recent tour in the two regions of Cameroon, he can confirm the people of the North-West and South-West Regions want normalcy.

Biya says the dialogue will focus on issues of national interest such as national unity, national integration and living together and it not concern only the populations of the restive Anglophone Regions.

“The Dialogue focus on issues that can address the concerns of the population of the North-West and South-West Regions, as well as those of the other regions of our country such as bilingualism, cultural diversity and social cohesion, the reconstruction and development of conflict-affected areas, the return of refugees and displaced persons, the education and judicial system, decentralization and local development, the demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, the role of the diaspora in the country’s development,” – he said.

President Biya concluded his speech by saying that Cameroon remains one and indivisible.
The 74th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 74) will open on September 17, 2019.

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