By Eric Tataw – Sunday May 12, 2019.
An official at the Media Accreditation and Liaison Unit of the United Nations has confirmed to National Telegraph the UN would hold talks on Cameroon, Monday May 13, 2019.
The official who spoke on condition that he shouldn’t be named said the UN Security Council members will hold an Arria-formula meeting on “the humanitarian crisis in Cameroon”.
He went on that the meeting has been organised by the Dominican Republic, Germany, the UK and the US, adding that Panelists would be Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, and Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland.
Mark Andrew Lowcock is a British Economist and Accountant who has been serving as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and the Head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs since 2017.
Another key Panelist would be Esther Omam Njomo, the Executive Director of Reach Out Cameroon, a local non-profit organisation focused on the well-being of underprivileged groups in Cameroon, such as women and children, National Telegraph has gathered.
Council members will be invited to speak, and other member states, permanent observers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) may attend and may request to speak, reports have indicated.
The Arria Formula is an informal arrangement that allows the Council greater flexibility to be briefed about international peace and security issues. It has been used frequently and assumed growing importance since it was first implemented in March, 1992.
A huge crowd of people from the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon who now prefer to be called Ambazonians based in the United States and environs are mobilizing to storm the UN headquarters at 405 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017, to show solidarity over what they describe as Genocide committed by the Biya Regime on the people of the two English-speaking regions.
Meanwhile, Publisher of National Telegraph says his team would be in New York for a Live Facebook stream of the protest which would also feature some French Cameroonians who have considered President Paul Biya illegitimate since after the last Presidential Election.
Unrest in Cameroon’s two English-speaking regions of the North West and South West began in October 2016 as a disagreement in language but government mismanaged it, turning it into a demand by majority of Anglophones for a separate state called Ambazonia.
Gun battles have ensued and the government has been accused of numerous Human Rights violation, including targeted killings and the burning down of entire villages according to credible reports from the US Ambassador to Cameroon, Peter Henry Barlerin, reputable Human Rights Lawyer Agbor Balla and Bishops of Mamfe and Kumbo and just recently, The Human Rights Watch.