By Eric Tataw – Tuesday March 12, 2019.
An envoy of the United States President, Donald Trump who is due to visit Cameroon, a Central African country wrapped in an armed conflict has recommended that; “perhaps it’s time to take the deadly separatist crisis in Cameroon to an “international forum.”, The Associated Press says.
Nagy Tibor, a top United States diplomat serving as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Africa said Tuesday, March 12, 2019; “my heart breaks for Cameroon … I just don’t understand why this crisis goes on and on and on.”, he said while calling for “open, unlimited national dialogue.”, National Telegraph’s reporters in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital have confirmed.
Earlier, the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States House of Representatives, also known as the House Foreign Affairs Committee has issued a letter expressing concerns over the deteriorating political issues in the French-speaking part of Cameroon as well as the armed conflict in the country’s two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West, National Telegraph has gathered.
In the letter dated Monday, March 11, 2019, Eliot Lance Engel, U.S. Representative for New York’s 16th congressional district and Chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs of the One Hundred and Sixteenth Congress addressed to Tibor Nagy, a US diplomat and Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs who is due to visit Cameroon, Eliot L. Engel, called on the State Department to address troubling crackdowns on freedom of expression in Cameroon.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into a demand by Anglophone militias in the North West and South West for a separate state called Ambazonia. Gun battles have ensued and the government has been accused of numerous Human Rights violation, including targeted killings.
The United States just in February suspended its security assistance to Cameroon following credible allegations that the Cameroonian military carried out human rights violations in the two English-speaking regions. Nagy Tibor had made comments suggesting recommendations on the ongoing crisis but Cameroon’s Minister of Communication, René Emmanuel Sadi issued a bulletin warning the diplomat not to meddle into the country’s internal affairs.