AU, Commonwealth, Francophonie Join Forces To End Anglophone Crisis

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(Cameroon) African Union Commission Chairperson, HE Moussa Faki Mahamat; the Secretary-General of Commonwealth, Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC; and the Secretary-General of La Francophonie, HE Louise Mushikiwabo, have engaged a joint mission to Cameroon to seek an end to the Anglophone Crisis.

The trio, engaged in the peace mission, visited Cameroon from November 26 to 28, to encourage the Cameroon government and other forces to address the Anglophone Crisis.

They were received by Prime Minister, Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute at the Star Building, to commence talks on how the three world bodies can help in addressing the root causes of the Anglophone Crisis and, consequently, provide a solution, and an end to the three-year ongoing war.

A press statement issued by the Commonwealth revealed that: “While in Cameroon, they will meet with the country’s leadership and other stakeholders to encourage momentum in efforts to address the conflict (in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of the country).”

The press statement also quoted a Commonwealth Spokesperson as saying: “Cameroon is a valuable member of the African Union, the Commonwealth, and La Francophonie, whose rich diversity is to be celebrated. Every Cameroonian deserves peace and a return to normality.”

On the Major National Dialogue convened by the Government of Cameroon, the Commonwealth wrote that it “…welcomes the outcomes of the recent Major National Dialogue held in Cameroon, as well as other existing home-grown initiatives aimed at addressing the conflict. 

“We look forward to engaging with President Paul Biya and other stakeholders on the progress that is being made in addressing the root causes of the conflict, and how we can lend our collective support in promoting lasting peace in the country,” the press release said.

After the visit to the PM’s office on November 27, the trio also made a stop at the Unity Palace, where they discussed with President Paul Biya. In a tweet, Biya stated that he had a “Fruitful discussions with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission – Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations – Patricia Scotland, and the SG of the International Organisation of La Francophonie – Louise Mushikiwabo”. He, however, did not talk about any details relating to the discussions.

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