Protestors hold flags and chant slogans during a demonstration against the government of Cameroon outside an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Cameroon: Gridlock continues between separatists and Yaoundé

The Africa Report | There is no end in sight to the crisis in Cameroon’s North-West and South-West regions despite initial ceasefire talks with rebels seeking independence from the government in Yaoundé.

The Cameroonian government launched secret talks with jailed Anglophone leader Ayuk Tabe and nine others at the beginning of July in an effort to negotiate a ceasefire with separatists after a four-year bloody civil war that the United Nations says has killed at least 2,000 people.

But the crisis is unlikely to be resolved until all the major forces get around the negotiating table and hammer out a deal that responds to the rebels concerns about the English-speaking regions’ marginalisation and governance.

Little progress is currently being made. Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute and secretary general of the presidency Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh are jockeying for influence over the peace talks, which has contributed to their stalemate.

In the meantime, civil society groups have been putting pressure on national and international actors to take into account the human suffering that the conflict has caused and to push for peace talks to progress.

Talking with Tabe

Tabe, the president of the unrecognised Federal Government of the Republic of Ambazonia, and the nine who participated are serving life in prison sentences for what the government has called terrorist-related activities.

The government’s approach shows that this is a political crisis, not a military one, a point that seems to be penetrating the corridors of power in Yaounde, according to Christopher Fomunyoh, regional director of the US-based National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI).

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4 comments

  1. **** THE GRANDMASTER OF FAKE NEWS ****

    FAKE NEWS #1

    “The situation in the South-West and North-West Regions is stabilizing, and the Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism should thus be able to delve into the crux of the problem;” (Biya, 2018)

    FAKE NEWS #2 :

    “The security situation in the troubled English-speaking region of the country has improved since a national dialogue to end the conflict took place last year” (Biya, 2020)

    YOU BE THE JUDGE !!!

    • Conclusion

      A country ruled by deceit, deception and terror is likened to a house built on sand.
      It is common knowledge and a celebrated fact that a house built on sand cannot stand for long.

      Thank God, Dictator Biya’s UNWINNABLE, UNSTOPPABLE; UNCONTROLLABLE and financially UNSUSTAINABLE war will rescue the Anglophones from that sh*thole VIVRE-ENSEMBLE with LRC.

      GOD IS INDEED GREAT

  2. The reason that the UN, can not take the Biya war on SC serious, is because the number
    of deaths is just at least 2000. It is still a small number. So, to increase this number to
    recognizable UN standards, LRC and their BIR, should use bombs and jet bombers. If
    they can not do it, then Nato, should be called in, afterall, France is greatly involved.
    There is no need, to delay this war.

    • @ joshua, this is why I keep on mentioning the foolishness of Ambazonians. For your information Biya wants the conflict to continue as it keeps him in power. Use your f’cking brains mennn. Biya understands that without a powerful united front of Cameroonians against him, nothing can happen to him. He will be president for life and his son will take over after him. Read my lips: If you don’t stop your foolishness and join other opposition groups to form a strong united force to confront Biya, your foolishness will keep Biya in power till death and his son will take over.

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