Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations discusses Cameroon’s simmering Anglophone crisis with US Dept of State, push for more action

By Amos Fofung

The Coalition for Dialogue and Negotiations, an international non-governmental organization which seeks to facilitate dialogue and negotiation towards ending the war in Cameroons Anglophone regions have met with top officials from the United States Department of State in Washington DC.

Their request, urgent action be taken to put and end the human rights violations brought about by the armed conflict in Cameroon’s North West and South West regions formerly British Southern Cameroons.

Meeting this week first with the Bureau of African Affairs, then the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operation at the US Department of State, the executive committee of the organization painted a picture of the current state of affairs in Southern Cameroons and the need to act sooner than later.

Expressing satisfaction with the engagements of US government and actions taken to advanced the respect of human rights and push for genuine dialogue, the committee emphasized more has to be done.

“The urgent need for a more active USG leadership in bringing an end to the armed conflict and stop the humanitarian disaster,” a press statement from the organization reads about the meeting adding; “We also discussed the proposed international conference aimed at seeking a permanent negotiated solution that addresses the root causes of the conflict.”

The group has for weeks now embarked on an enlarged consultative process in view of organizing an international conference on Southern Cameroons. The confab its organizers hold, will hold under the theme: “Defining a Pathway for Our Future” and shall focus strategically two points; Engaging all segments and professionals of Anglophone Southern Cameroons, and establishing the majority view in support for a permanent negotiated solution, and; Developing a detailed framework for a robust post-conflict reconstruction. 

*Read full statement here.

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