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Cameroon : Paul Biya, ready for dialogue on the Anglophone crisis (Prime Minister)

The announcement was made on May 9, 2019, in Bamenda, by the Prime Minister. Joseph Dion Nguté, began Thursday, a four-day visit to the northwestern and southwestern regions, shaken by the violence of the secessionist crisis
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05/10/2019 - 19:29
Mike Biya
Rédacteur cameroun-online

"Apart from the indivisibility of Cameroon, the President of the Republic is ready to organize a formal dialogue to resolve the crisis," said the Prime Minister, this Thursday, in Bamenda, capital of the region in crisis of the North. Where is. Joseph Dion Nguté however, said that all issues will be discussed, "except separation and secession."

The Head of Government also issued a call to lay down the weapons, on behalf of all fighters carpeted in the bushes. Which would make it possible, their presence around the negotiating table.

Statements that occurred shortly after the arrival of the Head of Government in the northwestern regional capital, epicenter of the crisis. He was dispatched by the Cameroonian Head of State as a messenger of peace and reconciliation. A four-day mission, focused on the direct encounter with local populations, elites, traditional and political authorities, as well as all the vital forces of the region.

On Thursday, the Prime Minister first communicated with the people on his arrival. Dressed in a traditional fabric, representative of the region and brandishing "the tree of peace". Joseph Dion Nguté then held a meeting with the administrative authorities of the region, in the presence of the Minister of Territorial Administration, Paul Atanga Nji, on the front line in managing the crisis.

This Friday, the emissary of Paul Biya received in audience, the opponent John Fru Ndi, president of the Social Democratic Front (SDF, opposition). The leader of the main opposition party, of which Bamenda is the fief, delivered to the Head of Government, proposals of his party, in view of a way out of crisis.

The SDF advocates, inter alia, a bilateral cease-fire by separatist armed groups and the Defense and Security Forces; the release of all those arrested in connection with the crisis; the postponement of possible elections in the current crisis situation; and the appointment of a mediator acceptable to the government and the public.

Joseph Dion Nguté then went to the campus of the University of Bamenda, where he met with Vice Chancellor Theresia Nkuo-Akenji. The Prime Minister also met with teachers and students who presented him with the difficulties encountered in the conduct of academic activities during this period of unrest.

Later in the day, the head of state's special envoy met with leaders of the socio-political and cultural scene in the region. Together, they led the groundwork for an inclusive, nationwide dialogue for a return to consensual peace.

The delegation of the Prime Minister will then move to Buea, the regional capital of the South-West, where he comes from. Here again, the same message of peace and reconciliation should be conveyed to the people and the combatants who took up arms against the Republic.

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