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H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat – Honourable Patricia Scotland – H.E. Louise Mushikiwabo With Paul Biya on 27 November 2019

AU, partners hail recent national dialogue in Cameroon

ADDIS ABABA, Nov. 29 Xinhua | The African Union (AU) and its partners on Friday commended recent measures taken by Cameroon’s President Paul Biya to defuse political tensions in the West African country’s troubled Anglophone regions.

This came after a meeting between the AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and Cameroon’s president Biya, accompanied by the Secretary-General of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) Louise Mushikiwabo, and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, on the current political situation in Cameroon, according to the joint declaration issued on Friday following the conclusion of the tripartite visit.

The African Union and secretary generals of the OIF and Commonwealth welcomed the convening of the Grand National Dialogue which ushered in a new dynamic and which recommended, inter alia, the acceleration of decentralization, the special status of the North West and South West regions, and the review of the education and legal systems, including the measures taken by President Biya to defuse political tensions.

The three officials also emphasized that “dialogue remains the preferred path to be encouraged within the present Cameroonian context.”

The tripartite mission, which is said to be an extension of the visits that the leaders of the three organizations had undertaken over the last months to Cameroon, envisaged to encourage the ongoing national efforts for the implementation of the Conclusions of the Grand National Dialogue, and support the pacification of the situation, peace-building, national cohesion and unity in Cameroon.

Earlier last month, the West African country had organized a national dialogue to end a separatist conflict in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions that have been ravaged by armed separatism since 2017.

The talks that were led by Cameroon’s Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute mainly aimed to find “lasting solutions” to the conflict in the Anglophone regions, as hundreds of delegates from the 10 regions of the country took part in the five-day dialogue.

Since 2017, armed separatists have been clashing with government forces in the two Anglophone regions of Northwest and Southwest in a bid to create an independent nation they called “Ambazonia.”

According to figures from the United Nations, the conflict has killed hundreds while more than 530,000 have been displaced internally as a result of the conflict. Enditem

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  1. If China, South Korea and Japan accepted to put aside thier national languages, and submit to outside control through language organisations like common wealth and francophonie.would they have been successful in the process of national rejuvenation through economic transformation, industrialization, and modernisation? Even catching up and surpassing those whoes language some claim is not an obstacle? People who do not produce knowledge in their language do not exist. They are simple copycats whoes thinking is controlled by those whose language they use.

    • Bah Acho
      Nobody is sending children to fight.
      Your position is totally pro injustice. According to you nothing should be done. People should not fight for their rights. Mr. Biya himself recently unwittingly confessed that he thought the project of assimilating Anglophones was going to be easy only to find that it’s very complicated. That is the cause of the war.
      No room for protest. They are all banned. Anyone who you dares is arrested, locked up and tortured. Please criticize the regime’s unwillingness to solve the problem. The dialogue was a sham. What is the content of the special status.
      Please stop blaming the Diaspora. We need roads, paved streets, water, stadia for the Afcon 2021. The Diaspora is not stopping Yaounde from doing all that
      Stop the deflection propaganda

      • MUNA MBOA,,,,, THE POINT IS NOT TAKING GUNS TO DEFEND THE SO CALLED RIGHTS, BUT WHETHER YOU WILL WIN OR NOT. STARTING A CONFRONTATION YOU CAN’T WIN IS A TRAGIC MISTAKE, AND WE SEE IT. THERE IS LAW OF NATURE WHICH SAYS STREETS CAN ONLY BE PAVED BY THE GOVERNMENT. NOT TO TALK OF WATER. A mini water treatment plant today cost 50.000 dollars in China. Automatic pave laying machine cost 20.000 dollars. Is this what we can not do?

  2. The only lasting solution, is only when the two parts dialogue for separation.
    Then and only then, will there be peace, real peace. Why pretend and not do
    the right thing today and avoid a repeatation tomorrow? Lives, matter.
    France is very busy working with AU, EU and LF, to succeed. Not this time
    around, until the last man standing.

  3. I often wonder what those who encouraged inoccent children to take guns and fight government police officers, and military thought the response would be? If so what was thier plan C in case the police and military from younde started killing civilians indiscriminately? Publishing the victims pictures on social media? Even with what happened in libaria, Congo, etc where millions were killed with nothing to show. We seem to have learned absolutely nothing from such tragedies. If not how did we get here? The diaspora has shown how limited their thinking is. No calm calculated thinking, wieghing things properly and consequences of our actions first. Everything is emotional. It is impossible to win even the smallest confrontation by bieng that emotional.

    • @BAH-its hard to understand when u have been raised all your life to be obedient..To take order without question and be quiet even all is wrong..You have live in a world where your leaders have taken all your fundamental rights, fed you with bread and sardine and made you to stop reasoning and thinking..You are seeing here people from a different culture, people who are used to bringing their leaders to responsibility..People from southern Cameroons are free thinkers, people who stand up for equal rights and justice..They dont have this complex infront of the white man and are used to fighting for their rights.
      Its very cheap and easy to say Diasporans are fooling the kids..Its easy to stand up and say a minority took up arms..All this denial is what we hear every day..Lets sleeping dogs

  4. These three individuals had visited LRC individually in the past. They received GOLDEN STATUES and envelopes from Dictator Biya. Their presence instead INCREASED the momentum.
    They have jointly arrived to praise BIYALOGUE. Their bias intervention is another blessing in disguise. The momentum of the struggle will increase by at least 20%.
    One thing is 100% certain: The struggle will end only after the Anglophone Question has TOTALLY, COMPLETELY, IRREVERSIBLY and UNCONDITIONALLY has been resolved. Not a minute before.

    • LRC recently sent a powerful delegation led by Minister Felix Mbayu to the US. The mission was to BEG the US to reconsider the AGOA exclusion of LRC. The US gave LRC 13 ( thirteen ) conditions to be fulfilled before they can reconsider the AGOA exclusion. Condition #1 is for LRC to convene an INCLUSIVE and GENUINE dialogue WITHOUT PRECONDITIONS. The US considers the so-called Major National Dialogue as a NON-EVENT. The AU, Commonwealth and Francophonie are aware of the conditions of the US. That notwithstanding, they continue to FLATTER Dictator Biya with his BIYALOGUE. They are also aware that the US will soon occupy the presidency of the Security Council.

      The FUTURE for the so-called “one and indivisible” is very, very, very, very, very, very PREGNANT.

  5. Patricia Scotland has nothing to offer; she did not in the past and will likely not in the future. And yet she lives and shares the debates of the British Parliament with Lord Boateng!!!

    As for the agents of France in Africa, I wish them good luck as they toil to cover up what Ambassador Arikana Chihombori-Quao has so elegantly exposed.

    • In matters of litigation, cases usually go from lower courts to higher courts and then appeal courts and finally the Supreme Court. That is for matters inside a country.

      The same logic holds for extra-territorial matters. The ICC, ICJ, etc exist to handle matters that go beyond national jurisdiction.

      It does not make sense at all for a higher jurisdiction (UN) to be returning a matter to a lower jurisdiction( Cameroon) which has clearly demonstrated its limitations.

      And the big brains of Ambazonia are not helping matters by failing to join forces and go after this common ground!

  6. Anybody still supporting Biya and his cronies must be a mad person. Somebody should name me one good thing this French stooge has done for Cameroon for almost 40 years in power, just one.

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