The Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres and President of African Union Commission Faki Mahamat have Reacted to President Biya’s Announced Dialogue.
On Tuesday night, Cameroon’s Head of State, Paul Biya, in an address to the nation, announced a major national dialogue to end the Anglophone crisis from the end of this month.
The announcement has sparked reactions from both the national and international communities.
One of such reactions is from the Secretary General of The United Nations (UN), Antonio Guteres. In a tweet published some few hours after President Biya’s address on the UN info’s twitter account, Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson of the Secretary General of the United Nations, expresses satisfaction with President Biya’s dialogue process due to begin at the end of this month.
He encourages the Cameroonian government to ensure that the process is inclusive and meets the challenges facing the country.
While reiterating the readiness of the United Nations to support the dialogue process, the Secretary General further encourages all those involved in the peace process, including the diaspora to play their role effectively and participate in this peace effort.
Reaction From AU
The President of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has also welcomed the announcement.
In a communique signed by the Spokesperson for the President of the
African Union Commission, Ebba Kalondo, this September 11, Moussa Faki Mahamat encourages and calls on all actors, including the diaspora and armed groups, to take part in this national dialogue and seize this opportunity to discuss the root causes of this crisis.
The President further reiterates the African Union Commission’s willingness to support Cameroon in seeking a consensual and sustainable solution to preserving the unity and territorial integrity of Cameroon.
The dialogue announced by President Biya will focus on the following core issues: 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.