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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Cameroon Top Secret Documents: France declassifies everything!

A reality today, three years after the promise of former French President François Hollande at a press conference in Yaoundé. 

The generation of today could soon know the hidden truths of the war for the independence of Cameroon which opposed between the years 50 and 60, the nationalists to the French colonial power.

Indeed, France has declassified some documents classified Top Secret containing hidden truths for more than half a century on the repression of Cameroonian nationalists who demanded the departure of French settlers from Cameroon.

"As she committed herself in 2015, France contributes to shed light on the tragic episodes of the repression of the independence movements of the 1950s and 1960s in Cameroon.

A first series of several diplomatic archives relating to these events for the period 1957-1969 was classified, inventoried and made available in the reading room of the Center of the Diplomatic Archives of La Courneuve. All documents of these funds issued by the Quai d'Orsay and bearing a "very secret" mention, a hundred, have been declassified. The work of inventory, classification and declassification of documents relating to Cameroon for the period up to 1971 is continuing and should be completed in 2019 "indicates an information note published by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This is a follow-up to a concern expressed by journalist and press officer Severin Tchounke during a joint press conference by François Hollande and his Cameroonian counterpart Paul Biya in Yaounde on 03 July 2015.

"Mr. President, 50 years after independence, it remains a latent conflict, historical, over the period of administration of Cameroon by France. Is it not time to address this issue by declassifying the related documents? Can Cameroon expect an approach from you, similar to the one you made in Algeria? This was the journalist's question. She had received the following answer from Emmanuel Macron's predecessor:

"It is true that there have been extremely tormented and even tragic episodes. Since after independence, there has been a repression in Sanaga-Maritime, in the Bamileke country, and we are, as I have done everywhere, opened so that the history books can be opened, the archives too " .