UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomes the announcement of a national dialogue in Cameroon

(Invest in Cameroon) - The information was given by Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN). "The Secretary General (António Guterres NDLR) welcomes the announcement today (10 September 2019 Ed) by President Paul Biya on the launch of a national dialogue process in Cameroon. It encourages the Cameroonian government to ensure that the process is inclusive and meets the challenges facing the country.", did he declare. "He called on all Cameroonian stakeholders, including the diaspora, to participate in this effort.Added Stéphane Dujarric. "Secretary General reiterates UN willingness to support dialogue process", Concluded the spokesman.

The dialogue announced by Paul Biya at the end of September will focus on the following topics: bilingualism, cultural diversity and social cohesion, the reconstruction and development of conflict-affected areas, the return of refugees and displaced persons, the education and judicial system, decentralization and local development, the demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, the role of the diaspora in the development of the country, etc.

The crisis in the Northwest and Southwest began with corporatist claims brought by lawyers and teachers. Later, these claims were salvaged by separatists and armed groups who established dead cities: no school, no publication service, no trade, and so on.

Clashes between armed groups and defense forces have been raging ever since. According to the NGO International Crisis, these clashes have already caused the death of nearly 2000 people. Meanwhile, the UN High Commission for Refugees is counting 21 291 Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria as a result of this crisis and hundreds of thousands of IDPs.