U.S., Cameroon agree on how to stop bloodshed in Anglophone regions – Officials Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 28, 2021


The United States and Cameroon have agreed on how to stop the more than two years of bloodshed in restive Anglophone regions, the Ministry of External Affairs in Cameroon said in a statement on Tuesday without giving details.

The statement summarizing Foreign Minister Mbella Mbella’s meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of African Affairs, Mr Tibor Nagy, on Monday, March 18, noted that the two men discussed the important cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism, maritime piracy and military training.

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It added that they also discussed the crisis in the North-West and South-West regions and “welcomed their convergence of views in this area”. But those views have remained under wraps.

The Anglophone crisis started in late 2016 by lawyers and teachers in Cameroon’s English speaking regions who were demanding equity and justice. But it quickly snowballed into a quest for independence after the government unleashed unprecedented brutality against unarmed protesters.

Students were arrested, tortured and thrown into stinking cells and accused of being enemies of the state. Activists were arrested, tortured and killed. Many are still unaccounted for.

Not long after, the activists took up arms against the state and declared a symbolic independence, a move that prompted President Paul Biya of Cameroon who has been in power for close to four decades to send in more soldiers with a clear mandate to kill, especially after he declared that Cameroon would not negotiate with a “bunch of terrorists”.

Since then, it has been bloodshed after bloodshed with atrocities being committed by both sides as the world looks on.

Secretary Nagy, who arrived Cameroon on Sunday, tweeted on Monday that he had raised the Anglophone crisis with President Paul Biya during their meeting at the Unity Palace in capital Yaounde, but he did not give details.

In an interview with Radio France Internationale(RFI), the Cameroonian Minister of Communication René Sadi, who discussed Assistant Secretary Nagy’s meeting with President Paul Biya, noted that the two men affirmed the strong relationship between the U.S. and Cameroon and the desire to strengthen the relationship, particularly at the commercial level.

He also reiterated the measures the government is undertaking to restore stability, order and peace in the North-West and South-West regions of the country.

Assistant Secretary Nagy, who was on a four-nation tour of Africa that also included visits to Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, ended his visit by hosting Cameroonian alumni of State Department initiatives TechWomen and Young African Leaders Initiative at the U.S. Embassy in Yaoundé.

Attendees, it was learned, discussed how their exchange experiences inspired them to be leaders in business, civil society, and government.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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